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Challenges to mathematics education research faced by developing countries. Report of Survey Team 2

 

Author(s):

Team chair: Marcelo Borba (Brazil) - mborba@rc.unesp.br ---- Team members: Hikma Smida (Tunisia)- Hikma.Smida@minedu.edunet.tn, Li Jun (China) -lijun@math.ecnu.edu.cn, Nerida Ellerton (USA) - nellert@ilstu.edu, Mónica Villarreal (Argentina) - mvilla@famaf.unc.edu.ar

Language:

English

Keywords:

Research in mathematics education, Developing countries, Financial resources for research in ME, Human resources for research in ME, Methodology, Societal needs, Quality of research in ME

Abstract:

The rationale for this ST is that mathematics education research in developing countries face a variety of issues of priority, opportunities, and problems, such as

- the balance between relevance and quality in research
- access to financial and human resources to conduct research
- methodologies that are appropriate with respect to cultural diversity and societal needs
- environmental, health, and nutrition factors that influence mathematics education.
The task if this ST is to identify and explore major such challenges to mathematics education research in developing countries, as well as attempts to deal with them.

Mathematics education researchers in developing countries face a variety of issues of priority, opportunities, and problems, such as: the balance between relevance and quality in research; access to financial and human resources to conduct research; methodologies that are appropriate with respect to cultural diversity and societal needs; and environmental, health, and nutrition factors that influence mathematics education.

Survey Team 2 invited the Mathematics Education community to help us identify and explore major challenges to mathematics education research in developing countries, as well as attempts to deal with them. The results will be reported in a regular lecture at ICME-11 and published in the conference Internet page.

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