Challenging Mathematics In and Beyond the Classroom

The 16th ICMI Study

by Edward J. Barbeau,

In the mid 1980s, the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) inaugurated a series of studies in mathematics education by comm- sioning one on the influence of technology and informatics on mathematics and its teaching. These studies are designed to thoroughly explore topics of c- temporary interest, by gathering together a group of experts who prepare a Study Volume that provides a considered assessment of the current state and a guide to further developments. Studies have embraced a range of issues, some central, such as the teaching of algebra, some closely related, such as the impact of history and psychology, and some looking at mathematics education from a particular perspective, such as cultural differences between East and West. These studies have been commissioned at the rate of about one per year. Once the ICMI Executive decides on the topic, one or two chairs are selected and then, in consultation with them, an International Program Committee (IPC) of about 12 experts is formed. The IPC then meets and prepares a Discussion Document that sets forth the issues and invites interested parties to submit papers. These papers are the basis for invitations to a Study Conference, at which the various dimensions of the topic are explored and a book, the Study Volume, is sketched out. The book is then put together in collaboration, mainly using electronic communication. The entire process typically takes about six years.
  • Springer US; April 2009
  • ISBN 9780387096032
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF format
  • Title: Challenging Mathematics In and Beyond the Classroom
  • Author: Edward J. Barbeau (ed.); Peter J. Taylor (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

In The Press

From the reviews:

“The contents reflect the interests and expertise of those who attended the 16th ICMI Study and subsequently contributed to this book. … There is much of interest in this volume for educators wishing to expose students of different ages and varying levels of achievement to mathematically challenging experiences. … Constructive guidance is also provided for those wishing to make challenging mathematics an integral part of their regular classroom activities.” (Gilah Leder, The International Journal on Mathematics Education, Vol. 42, 2010)