The International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME) is held every four years under the auspices of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI). It is, however, planned and organized by separate committees, which operate independently of the ICMI. The aim of the Congress is to present the current states of and trends in mathematics education research and in the practice of mathematics teaching at all levels. The Congress will gather a broad spectrum of participants such as researchers in mathematics education, teacher educators, practicing teachers, mathematicians, and others interested in mathematics education.
The ICME Philosophy
International Congress on Mathematical Education(ICME) serve two major functions. On the one hand it provides a scholarly opportunity for discussion, debate, and the presentation of new research and theory in all aspects of mathematics education. On the other hand it is a meeting place for the international community of mathematics education: mathematicians, teachers, policy-makers, resource producers and distributors, as well as mathematics educators and researchers. We seek to simultaneously engage in serious scholarship and inclusive participation.
The scholarly aspect of ICME is represented by the Plenary Lecturer, Survey Teams, Regular Lectures and Topic Study Groups, and other forums. The people involved are chosen because of their high levels of scholarship, but also with care for representativeness. The Topic Study Group Co-Chairs and Team members also represent leaders in their field with due consideration for representativeness. All presentations in the Congress are potentially subject to review, and may be allocated a time or mode of presentation that reflects its quality.
Inclusiveness within ICME is obtained in many forms. All who wish to attend are welcomed, and all who wish to present will be given some opportunity to do so in an appropriate Topic Study Group. This may be an oral, or a poster presentation. ICME organisers also make special efforts to assist those who have financial or other difficulties from attending. New and inexperienced members of the ICME community are especially welcomed.
It has long been recognised by ICME organisers that collaboration is the best way of advancing our understanding of any topic. Thus there is 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 specific group.
Another factor in inclusiveness is the issue of language. While English is the official language of the congress, ICME organisers make every effort to accommodate the fact that many participants will not have English as their first language, and that there will be significant groups of participants from other language regions. In particular, the local languages of the Congress host country needs special attention.
Past editions of ICME have taken place at :