Language of Teaching and Learning and School Mathematics Curriculum Reform: Tensions in Equity and Access

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This Chapter provides reflections and commentary on this ICMI Study 24 volume entitled Mathematics Curriculum Reforms Around the World. The book looks at school mathematics curriculum reforms where curriculum is conceptualised from two dimensions, curriculum levels (intended, implemented and attained) and curriculum components (goals, content, teaching approaches, materials and assessment). Curriculum reforms are then studied under these two dimensions and in five thematic areas namely: (a) learning from the past: driving forces and barriers shaping mathematics curriculum reforms; (b) analysing school mathematics curriculum reforms for coherence and relevance; (c) implementation of reformed mathematics curricula within and across different contexts and traditions; (d) globalisation and internationalisation and their impacts on mathematics curriculum reforms; (e) agents and processes of curriculum design, development and reforms in school mathematics. The reflections and commentary draw the conclusion that it is important for school mathematics education community to be outward looking in its gaze on curriculum reforms to ensure that it benefits from cross fertilization of ideas, frameworks and approaches from the broader curricular reforms in school education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew ICMI Study Series
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameNew ICMI Study Series
VolumePart F776
ISSN (Print)1387-6872
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1745


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