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Discussion Documents for ICMI Studies

This page contains all the Discussion Documents released to stimulate the discussion around the theme of the ICMI Study. All ICMI Studies begin with the production of a Discussion Document in which a number of key issues and sub-themes related to the theme of the Study are identified and described in a preliminary manner.  The Discussion Document is widely disseminated internationally to solicit papers from the field.

Eighteen ICMI Studies have been completed up to now. Three more Studies are in process.

  1. The Influence of Computers and Informatics on Mathematics and its Teaching.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee:  Geoffrey Howson (UK) and Jean-Pierre Kahane (France).
    Discussion document (1985)

  2. School Mathematics in the 1990s.
    No Discussion document.

  3. Mathematics as a Service Subject.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee:  Geoffrey Howson (UK) and Jean-Pierre Kahane (France).
    Discussion document (1987)

  4. Mathematics and Cognition.
    No Discussion document.

  5. The Popularization of Mathematics.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee:  Geoffrey Howson (UK) and Jean-Pierre Kahane (France).
    Discussion document (1989).

  6. Assessment in Mathematics Education.
    Chair of the International Programme Committee:  Mogens Niss (Denmark).
    Discussion document (1991)

  7. Gender and Mathematics Education.
    Chair of the International Programme Committee:  Gila Hanna (Canada).
    Discussion document (1993).

  8. What is Research in Mathematics Education and What are its Results?
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee:  Jeremy Kilpatrick (USA) and Anna Sierpinska (Canada).
    Discussion document (1994)

  9. Perspectives on the Teaching of Geometry for the 21st Century.
    Chair of the International Programme Committee:  Vinicio Villani (Italy).
    Discussion document (1995)

  10. The Role of the History of Mathematics in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee: John Fauvel (UK) and Jan van Maanen (Netherlands).
    Discussion document (1998).

  11. The Teaching and Learning of Mathematics at University Level.
    Chair of the International Programme Committee:  Derek Holton (New Zealand).
    Discussion document (1998).

  12. The Future of the Teaching and Learning of Algebra.
    Chair of the International Programme Committee: Kaye Stacey (Australia).
    Discussion document (2001).

  13. Mathematics Education in Different Cultural Traditions: A Comparative Study of East Asia and the West.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee: Klaus-D. Graf (Germany) and Frederick K.S. Leung (Hong Kong).
    Discussion document (2002).

  14. Applications and Modelling in Mathematics Education.
    Chair of the International Programme Committee: Werner Blum (Germany).
    Discussion document (2004).

  15. The Professional Education and Development of Teachers of Mathematics.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee: Ruhama Even (Israel) and Deborah Loewenberg Ball (USA).
    Discussion document (2004).

  16. Challenging Mathematics in and Beyond the Classroom.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee: Edward J. Barbeau (Canada) and Peter J. Taylor (Australia).
    Discussion document (August 2004): english version, spanish version, farsi version, french version.

  17. Digital Technologies and Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Rethinking the Terrain.
    Co-chairs of the International Programme Committee: Celia Hoyles (UK) and Jean-Baptiste Lagrange (France).
    Discussion document (2005).

  18. Statistics Education in School Mathematics: Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education.
    Study organised jointly by ICMI and the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE).
    Chair of the International Programme Committee: Carmen Batanero (Spain).
    Discussion document (2006).

  19. Proof and Proving in Mathematics Education. The two co-chairs are Gila Hanna, University of Toronto, Canada, and Michael de Villiers, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
    Discussion Document (Dec 2007).

  20. Educational Interfaces between Mathematics and Industry (EIMI). This Study is a joint project with the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM).  The co-chairs of this 20th ICMI Study are Alain Damlamian (Université Paris XII, France) and Rudolf Sträßer (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany).  José Francisco Rodrigues (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) is the organiser of the Study Conference.
    Discussion Document (2009).

  21. Mathematics Education and Language Diversity
    Discussion Document (2010).
  22. Task Design
    The Study Chairs are Anne Watson and Minoru Ohtani.
    Discussion document (2012).



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