General Topic

The problem of the evolution of the mathematical curriculum given the new society demands, especially critical issues like sustainability and the high development of data science.

Plenary 1: Curriculum changes
Ferdinando Arzarello (Italy).
Coordinated by Marianna Bosch (IPC)

Ferdinando Arzarello, Turin University (Italy)

Ferdinando Arzarello, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics Education at Turin University, is author of more than 160 research papers, mainly about the study of teaching/learning processes in mathematics, with reference to curricula, to the use of digital and not digital tools in the classroom, and to the systems of semiotic representations activated by teachers and students. He was president of UMI-CIIM, of ERME and of ICMI.

Plenary 2: Sustainability and Mathematics Education.
Dialogue between Kjellrun Hiis Hauge (Norway) and Alf Coles (UK).
Coordinated by Susana Carreira (IPC)

Alf Coles, University of Bristol (UK)

Alf is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Bristol. His research began with an interest in questions of how cultures develop, in mathematics classrooms and with groups of teachers. For the last 10 years, he has been increasingly concerned with how mathematics education can respond to the climate emergency. He has been an editor of Research in Mathematics Education and is current chair of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics.

Kjellrun Hiis Hauge, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway)

Kjellrun Hiis Hauge is a professor of sustainability education at Faculty of Teacher Education, Arts and Sports at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests are within critical mathematics education and include critical citizenship and students’ capacity to engage critically with mathematics-based information related to controversial societal issues.

Plenary 3: Data science and statistics education.
Dialogue between Michelle Wilkerson (USA) and Rolf Biehler (Germany).
Coordinated by Sibel Kazak (IPC)

Rolf Biehler, Paderborn University (Germany)

Rolf Biehler is professor emeritus for didactics of mathematics at Paderborn University, Germany. His research interests include data science education, university mathematics education, and the professional development of teachers. He is currently co-directing the Project Data Science and Big Data at School (, a collaborative project with computer science educators.

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson is associate Professor, School of Education (BSE) and Core Member, Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) at University of California, Berkeley. Her research addresses the question: How is computing changing the ways that young people learn and communicate, particularly in STEM contexts? A major strand of this work leverages design-based and microgenetic research methods to examine how young people reason about large datasets using computing tools and methods such as visualizations, GIS tools, and simulations.