Call for papers – TSG35 at ICME 12

The 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12) will be held July 8-15, 2012, Coex, Seoul, Korea. There will – as usual – be a Topic Study Group (Topic Study Group 35) on The history of the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Aims of TSG35 at ICME-12

History of mathematics teaching and learning is relatively new as a subject of international attention and research, but it is developing actively and dynamically. It became visible for the first time at ICME 10 in 2004 at Copenhagen, as the TSG29. The success and energy of these activities led to the launching of the first international journal devoted to this field of study, the International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, which has been published since 2006. History of mathematics education then became a subject in various international meetings, for instance at the ESU-5 in Prague in 2007, ESU-6 in Vienna in 2010, and at the CERME meetings. During the TSG38 at ICME-11 in Monterrey, research into this subject proved its productivity again, with papers presented on the history of the reform movements, on the analysis of classical textbooks, and on historical practice (inside and outside institutions). Recently, the first specialized international research symposium took place, in Iceland, and emphasized methodological issues.

On the occasion of ICME-10, a first international bibliography of research in the field was prepared.

The bibliography is now retrievable at the following address:
This bibliography outlined streams in research: transmission and socio-cultural reform movements; aspects of teaching practice (textbooks, methods, teacher professionalization); cultural, social and political functions of mathematics instruction; and comparative studies.
Possible themes to be treated are HISTORY of:

  • changes of curricula in the various countries
  • changes of mathematics education as a professional independent discipline
  • the cultural and social role of mathematics
  • policies in teacher education
  • changes and roles of teachers’ associations
  • the situation of journals on mathematics education
  • the role of textbooks in the teaching and learning of mathematics
  • general trends in the organizing of the lesson
  • the overall impact of digital technologies in the learning and teaching of mathematics
  • treatment of particular topics (geometry, algebra, etc.)
  • interdisciplinarity and contexts
  • reforms movements
  • methods

Organization of the TSG35

At ICME-12, the TSGs will have four one and a half hour timeslots at their disposal.
On the website of ICME-12 it will be possible to follow the planning process and eventually access all relevant documents including the timetable for TSG sessions. Participants who would like to present papers in TSG35 are requested to communicate with the team chairs. The TSG teams are responsible for establishing a scheme for paper presentation by distribution.
The schedule for the work of TSG35 at ICME-12 will be announced in the due time.

To join the group:

The organizing team welcomes significant contributions related to the topics outlined here and to other related issues. Participants are requested to submit a paper to the two team chairs and the three team members not later than November 1, 2011 via e-mails. The length of the paper should be between 1500 and 2000 words.
The papers must be written in English, in .doc or .pdf file

Team chairs:

Brito Arlete De Jesus (Brazil)
Furinghetti Fulvia

Team Members:

Ackerberg-Hastings Amy K. (USA)
Bjarnadóttir Kristín (Iceland)
Alexander Karp (USA)
Young Ok Kim (South Korea)


Barbin Evelyne (France)


For general congress information and for submission see

Deadline Summary

November 1, 2011 On-line submission of proposal
January15, 2012 Notification of acceptance
April 10, 2012 On-line submission of final draft

Send the submission also to the team chairs and the team members


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