Topic Study Groups

The purpose of a TSG is to gather a group of congress participants
who are interested in a particular topic in mathematics education. The
word ‘study’ suggests that the activities of the groups will include
presentations and discussions of important new trends and developments
in research or practice related to the topic under consideration. The
purpose of TSGs is to provide both an overview of the current
state-of-the-art in the topic, and expositions of outstanding recent
contributions to it, as seen from an international perspective. Among
the many components of the program of an ICME, the TSGs are of the
utmost importance, as these are the main forums where individuals
attending the congress can bring a concrete contribution and also be
in direct interaction with other participants. By their very nature,
some of the topics are focused more on research than on practice. For
others the opposite will be the case, in contrast several topics will
have a fairly equal balance of the two. To some extent, a number of
the topics in the list for the Topic Study Groups have overlaps with
other topics. Even so, each topic has a well-defined and specific
‘center of gravity’ that makes it clearly discernible from the others
in the list.

The list of topics is organized into six clusters. The first
cluster, TSG 1-5, consists of Topic Study Groups that focus on New
developments and trends in mathematics education at the mainstream
educational levels, preschool to tertiary. The next cluster TSG 6-9
focuses on mathematics education dealing with specific categories of
students or population groups. The cluster, TSG 10-17 (Research and
development in the teaching and learning of …) focuses on matters
and issues pertaining to content related aspects of mathematics
curricula, across educational levels, and to teaching and learning in
relation to those aspects. The cluster formed by TSG 18-26 deals with
the overarching perspectives and facets of mathematics education that
are present across different educational levels and different
curricula. We have recognized the decisive importance of teacher
education with cluster TSG 27-29, giving separate attention to
mathematical knowledge for teaching, in-service, and pre-service
teacher education. Finally, TSG 30-38 are the groups in which
meta-issues concerning mathematics education itself, as a field of
practice and a discipline of research, are the focus of attention. The
TSGs will have two one-hour and two ninety minute timeslots in the
congress timetable at their disposal. TSG participants are expected to
stay with their group throughout the four sessions. Each TSG
organizing team will have the responsibility of updating their TSG
webpage at the congress web site. On this page 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 a TSG are requested to consult the
Call for papers (or contributions) that each TSG organizing
team has (or will) post at the TSG web page (visit
http://tsg.icme11.org) or contact the team chairs at the email address
listed below. The TSG organizing teams are responsible for
establishing a scheme for paper presentation by distribution. See
How to contribute.

Typically proposals should be put forward before January 20, but
specific guidelines, if such apply, will be made available on the web
site. The organizing team of each TSG will promote, request, review,
select, and organize contributions, some by invitation and some
submitted by interested participants, that account for advances, new
trends, and important work done in the last few years on the topic the
TSG addresses. The contributions selected will be made available in
one or more of the following modalities: as a download from the web
page of the TSG in the ICME-11 web site, as a printed handout previous
to a TSG session during the congress, and by oral presentation during
any of the four TSG sessions. There will be some discussion during the
sessions, but emphasis is on presentation (in contrast to discussion
groups).