The Scientific Program

The IPC has made a great effort to offer an academic program that satisfies the needs of the international mathematics education community. There were several characteristics that had to be considered:

  • Topics –a wide cooverage of topics: The interests of and problems encountered by mathematics educators and researchers fall within many different topics. The topics chosen for ICME-11 had to be sufficiently specific so that the issues and problems each encompassed were related so as to share theoretical frameworks and analytical techniques, while sufficently broad so as to benefit from intelectual cross-polinization. We believe we reached a resonable balance.
  • Interest –General vs. specific: There are issues which are of interest to all the participants while others are of more specific interest. This led to having plenary and concurrent activities.
  • Participation –Group vs individual: It has long been recognized by the international community, including ICME organizers, that collaboration is the best way of advancing our understanding of any topic. Thus we have formed groups to attend each selected topic. However, there is also a need to give individual voices the opportunity to be heard and the community the opportunity of hearing them, without having to conform to the deliberations of a group.
  • Mode of addressing a topic: Study – discussion - exposition; and combinations like panels and round tables. It was important to recognize the importance and difference of each way of addressing a topic. This concept has evolved from one ICME edition to the next, attaining its present form at ICME-10. We now have seven Survey Teams, 38 Topic Study Groups and 28 Discussion Groups, in addition to nine Plenary Sessions (lectures and panel debates), and the other components of the program.
  • Recognition of expertise –Widely recognized vs upcoming: On the one hand we were aware of the importance of having recognized experts in the various fields of Mathematics Education participating in the activities, while on the other hand we saw the need to profit from the expertise and experience of less known individuals and of getting to know them. This holds true for both group and individual activities, and required us to be open when deciding on and issuing invitations

Please review the links below for information on the different activities that comprise the program. If you are interested in contributing to one of these activities you should check the How to contribute and How to submit proposals pages.

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