Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2020 Edition
| Editors: Stephen Lerman

Mathematics Teachers and Curricula

  • Salvador LlinaresEmail author
  • Konrad Krainer
  • Laurinda Brown
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15789-0_111

Definition and Historical Background

The word curriculum has had several meanings over time and has been interpreted broadly not only as a project about what should be learned by students but, in the context of teachers and curriculum, as all the experiences which occur within a classroom. These different meanings are grounded in different assumptions about teaching and the nature of interactions of the teacher with ideas that support curriculum guidelines (Clandinin and Connelly 1992). These different meanings have defined several roles of teachers in mathematics curriculum development that can be described as the history of a shift from teachers as curriculum users to teachers as curriculum interpreters and/or curriculum makers. Whereas the former view assumes curricula to be “teacher-proof,” the latter includes teachers’ activities like reflecting, negotiating issues of curricula and disseminating to their peers. This shift mirrors acknowledgment of the centrality of the teacher in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvador Llinares
    • 1
    Email author
  • Konrad Krainer
    • 2
  • Laurinda Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.Facultad de EducaciónUniversity of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.Institute of Instructional and School Development, School of EducationAlpen-Adria-Universität KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of BristolBristolUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Michéle Artigue
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Didactique André Revuz (EA4434)Université Paris-DiderotParisFrance