A major ICMI program is the series of ICMI Studies. This set of activities was launched in the mid-80s and has acquired a growing importance and influence on the field. It contributes to a better understanding and resolution of the challenges that face multidisciplinary and culturally diverse research and development in mathematics education.
Each Study focuses on a topic or issue of prominent current interest in mathematics education. Built around an international conference, it is directed towards the preparation of a published volume intended to promote and assist discussion and action at the international, regional or institutional level. The main emphasis of a given Study may be on analytical or action-oriented aspects, but some analytical component will always be present.
An ICMI Study follows a series of steps:
First, the Executive Committee of ICMI decides upon a theme.
It then appoints two co-chairs and the International Program Committee (IPC), which on behalf of ICMI is responsible for conducting the Study. Usually, a country that is willing to host the corresponding ICMI Study Conference has been identified concurrently with the appointment of the IPC.
The first task of the IPC is to produce 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.
From these submissions, invitations are issued to a limited number of participants (about 80) to participate in an international conference (ICMI Study Conference) constituting a working forum that investigates the theme of the study. Particular emphasis is given to bringing together to the Study conference both experts in the field and newcomers with interesting ideas or promising work in progress, as well as to gathering representatives with a variety of backgrounds from different regions, traditions and cultures.
Beyond the productive interaction and collaborations occasioned by the ICMI Study conference, its main product is a research volume, synthesising the results of the conference and presenting a state-of-the-art expert report on the Study theme.
The Study volumes constitute the (New) ICMI Studies Series (NISS), appearing under the general editorship of the President and the Secretary-General of ICMI and published by Springer. The ICMI Study volumes reflect the great variety of issues and concerns in the field of mathematics education and are of interest to educational researchers, curriculum developers, educational policy makers, teachers of mathematics, and to mathematicians and educators involved in the professional education and development of teachers of mathematics.
This process typically stretches over a period of about three to four years per study.
ICMI study guidelines
The ICMI Study Guidelines can be found here.
The International Program Committee of ICMI Study 25 invites you to participate in a study conference on “Teachers of Mathematics Working and Learning in Collaborative Groups”. We invite original contributions from mathematics education researchers, teachers, teacher educators, mathematicians, educational policy makers, and other stakeholders who offer diverse perspectives from various contexts. Paper submissions should align with one of the following themes:
Theme A - Theoretical perspectives on studying mathematics teacher collaboration
Theme B - Contexts, forms and outcomes of mathematics teacher collaboration
Theme C - Roles, identities and interactions of various participants in mathematics teacher collaboration (e.g., lead teachers, facilitators, mathematicians, researchers, policy makers)
Theme D - Tools and resources used/designed for teacher collaboration and resulting from teacher collaboration
The deadline for paper submission is July 31, 2019 (11:59 PM, GMT-12). The ICMI 25 Study Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, February 3-7, 2020. All submissions are handled through the EasyChair website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icmi25.
The International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) is a commission of the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
For more details on the themes and study motivation, please see the discussion document on the conference website, http://icmistudy25.ie.ulisboa.pt/discussion-document/
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