Theme Group 5: Curriculum Development

  • Marjorie Carss


Much activity has taken place in the past twenty or so years under the heading of ‘curriculum development’. Yet, despite enormous effort and a great expenditure of money, very few changes of a fundamental nature have taken place. Changes in content have been accepted or rejected in a manner reminiscent of body organ transplants. At times waves of enthusiasm for curricular changes in teaching practice have swept through classrooms. All too often though, as the waves have receded, calm has returned and with it a return to well-tried orthodoxy.


School System Curriculum Development Mathematics Curriculum Curriculum Reform Curricular Change 
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  5. Group Organisers for the Congress sessions were: Jean Dhombres (France) (unable to be present at ICME 5), Geoffrey Howson (UK), John Malone (Australia)Google Scholar
  6. Discussion Group Leaders: Barry Fenby (Australia), Geoffrey Howson (UK), Nigel Langdon (UK), John Malone (Australia), Bill Newton (Australia), Roland Stowasser (FRG)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjorie Carss
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  1. 1.Education DepartmentUniversity of QueenslandSt Lucia, BrisbaneAustralia

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