Topic Study Group 3:
New developments and trends in mathematics education at lower secondary level
Martínez Carranza 1 Auditorium - Civil Eng.
  • Elaine Simmt (Canada)
  • Binyan Xu (China)
Top of page
Team members:
  • Myriam Acevedo (Colombia)
  • Jonas Emanuelsson (Sweden)
  • Glenda Anthony (New Zealand)
Top of page
Aims, scope, and goals

Aims and Focus

The goal of this topic group is to present a cross-section of papers that inform the international community about the new developments and trends in lower secondary mathematics education around the world. It is our hope that through the sharing of our international perspectives the potential to enrich our local contexts will be enhanced.

“New Developments and Trends in Lower Secondary” is a broad topic and one that includes many of the topics explored in other groups. We will use the opportunity of this topic group for exploring the unique nature of the lower secondary context with specific emphasis on resources; curriculum reform; and pedagogy. Papers based on research in mathematics education and papers based on experience from school practice are being presented. We aim at providing opportunities for discussions where theoretical and practical matters in mathematics education can be discussed from various perspectives.

Top of page
Papers for Topic Study Group III

TSG III will be organised around three themes under the major heading, New developments and trends in mathematics education at lower secondary: 1) Resources; 2) Curriculum Reform: 3) Pedagogy.

Top of page
Presentations: Auditorio Martínez Carranza 1(Civil) Building H

Tuesday July 8, 12:00 – 13:00

RESOURCES, chaired by Elaine Simmt

Developing an activity based, Mathlab workshop for middle school.
Prof. Inder K. Rana,
Department of Mathematics,
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai

Olympic Math for lower secondary school.
Matthias Ludwig,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Education, Weingarten,

Wednesday July 9, 12:00-13:30

CURRICULUM REFORM, chaired by Glenda Anthony

Knowledge oriented or competence oriented? Debate on mathematics curriculum standard in China.
Binyan Xu,
Institute of Curriculum and Instruction,
East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Changing landscapes in New Zealand secondary mathematics classrooms?.
Glenda Anthony,
Massey University, New Zealand

New developments secondary curriculum in Canada: the Province of Alberta.
Elaine Simmt,
University of Alberta, Canada

Friday July 11, 12:30 – 13:30

PEDAGOGY, chaired by Binyan Xu

Characteristics of mathematics teaching under the background of the Chinese culture: An investigation in Chinese junior middle school classes.
Kong Qiping,
The Institute of Curriculum and Instruction,
East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Addressing the ‘dip in lower secondary mathematics learning through school-based projects: a case study of one school’s approach.
Judy Anderson,
Faculty of Education and Social Work
The University of Sydney

Saturday July 12, 12:00 – !3:30

PEDAGOGY cont, chaired by Binyan Xu

Combining share and measure meaning of fractions to facilitate students’ reasoning.
Jayasree Subramanian, Eklavya Foundation
Bhopal. K. Subramaniam, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
Shweta Naik, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
Brajesh Verma, Muskaan, Bhopal.

A study of seventh-grade students learning fractions in China.
Su Hong-Yu,
East China Normal University,
Shanghai, China

_New developments and Trends in Mathematics Education at the Lower Secondary Level
Glenda Anthony, Elaine Simmt, Binyan Xu, session organisers

Top of page
Papers accepted but will not be presented

Student awareness of analogy: mathematical & ethical implications.
Martina Metz,
University of Alberta,

Mathematics inquiry learning in China: situation and suggestions.
Ru Xin Zhang,
Xihu District Teacher Training School, Hangzhou,

Top of page
Top of page