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Topic Study Group 35:

Research on mathematics curriculum development

B304 and B303 Rooms


Organizing team composition

Aims and Scope

Call for Papers


Papers and discussion documents

Team chairs:

Barbara Reys (USA)

Shigeo Yoshikawa (Japan)

Team members:

Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen (The Netherlands )

Gloria García (Colombia)

Dan Zhang (China)

Aims and Scope

Mathematics curriculum development is a practical enterprise, one that impacts every teacher and student. It is also a scholarly activity that is based on evidence of what we know about what is worthwhile to learn, how students learn, how teachers use curriculum materials, and the developmental trajectories of mathematics content. This TSG will explore a variety of questions including: What mathematics should be taught? How should mathematics be organized and sequenced? What kinds of curriculum materials (textbooks) support the teaching and learning of mathematics? How should curriculum materials be developed? What is the role and impact of various kinds of curriculum materials? What are the critical elements and design features of textbooks that promote student learning?

Call for Papers

The Organizing Team for TSG #35 has completed its review of proposals for papers and presentations for the four sessions that will comprise TSG #35 (see program below). Papers from presenters are posted in pdf format (see below).


TUESDAY, July 8, 12:00-13:00 – INTRODUCTION TO TSG #35

“Issues and Trends Related to Mathematics Curriculum” by Barbara Reys (USA) and Shigeo Yoshikawa (Japan)

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 12:00-13:30 – PANEL

Panelists will respond to questions such as:

a. Has the emphasis of standards in your country shifted in the past 10 years? If so, what topics receive increased importance? What topics receive decreased importance? How were these changes received by teachers in your country?

In what way decisions are made regarding to what is taught to students and in what order? What role plays research?

c. How is the quality and impact of textbooks in your country monitored? In other words, is there a way to monitor the impact ofparticular textbooks on student learning outcomes?

Moderator: Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen

Members of the Panel:

Zalman Usiskin (University of Chicago, USA);

Ning Zhong Shi (Northeast Normal University, CHINA);

Luis Rico (Granada University, SPAIN);

FRIDAY, July 11, 12:30-13:30 – PRESENTATIONS

Moderator: Gloria Garcia de Garcia

Papers will be delivered (20 minutes each):

“Why Documenting the Implementation of Curricula Matters” by Denisse R. Thompson and Sharon L. Senk (USA)

“Comparison of Objectives between School Mathematics in the Western Countries and That in the Eastern Countries” by Hideki Iwasaki and Takuya Baba (JAPAN)

SATURDAY, July 12, 12:00-13:30 – PRESENTATIONS

Moderator: Zhang Dan

Papers will be delivered (20 minutes each):

“Modern Means in Mathematical Education” by Bashmakov Mark, Pozdnyakov Sergij and Entina Sophia

“Open Mind Questions and Creativity Education in Mathematics” by Yuwen Li (CHINA)

PAPER (no presentation): “Deconstructing the Mathematics Curriculum: Differentiating Between Choice and Nature” by Allan Tarp, MATHeCADEMY


Papers and discussion documents

Documenting Curriculum Implementation -- Thompson & Senk (310.00 KB)

Introduction - Barbara J. Reys (276.00 KB)

Deconstructing the Mathematics Curriculum - Tarp (256.00 KB)

Comparison of Objectives: East and West -- Iwaskaki & Baba (1.00 MB)

Modern Tools in Mathematics Education - Bashmakov, Pazdnyakov and Entina (234.00 KB)

Open-ended Questions and Creativity -- Yuwen Li (117.00 KB)

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