Discussion group 15:
The shaping of mathematics education through assessment and testing
René Montante Auditorium - FIME

Are current assessment and testing modes and instruments compatible with today’s goals and aims of mathematics education? How do these modes and instruments influence the teaching and learning of mathematics? How much is too much in assessment and testing? Do the costs of testing match the positive results? What is the balance of positive and negative outcomes of testing? How can assessment and testing be devised and organised so as to serve as means to develop and strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics? What are the barriers to the adoption of innovative modes of assessment and testing?

  • Fumi Ginshima (Japan)
    ginshima@nier.go.jp
  • Gunnar Gjone (Norway)
    gunnar.gjone@ils.uio.no
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Team members:
  • Olga Pérez (Cuba)
    olga.perez@reduc.edu.cu
  • Torulf Palm (Sweden)
    torulf.palm@fceduc.umu.se
  • Boey Kok Leong (Singapore)
    kokleong.boey@nie.edu.sg
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Call for papers :

Discussion group 15 will address the following key questions and issues:

  • - Are current assessment and testing modes and instruments compatible with today’s goals and aims of mathematics education?
  • - How do these modes and instruments influence the teaching and learning of mathematics?
  • - How does the use of ICT influence the teaching and learning of mathematics?
  • - How much is too much in assessment and testing?
  • - Do the costs of testing match the positive results?
  • - What is the balance of positive and negative outcomes of testing?
  • - How can assessment and testing be devised and organised so as to serve as means to develop and strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics?
  • - What are the barriers to the adoption of innovative modes of assessment and testing?
  • The organizers of Discussion Group 15 welcome submission of contributions related to questions. In preparing your paper, please use the following guidelines:
  • 1. Include a cover page with the first author’s contact information (for communication purposes)
  • 2. The maximum length of a paper is 3 pages including any references
  • 3. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2008
  • These abstracts should be submitted electronically to both DG15 co-chairs:
  • Fumi Ginshima < ginshima@nier.go.jp>
  • Gunnar Gjone < gunnar.gjone@ils.uio.no>
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Preliminary schedule
  • ■ Three Discussion sessions are scheduled as follows:
  • ・Discussion 1: Monday, 7 17:00-19:00
  • ・Discussion 2: Wednesday, 9 17:30-19:30
  • ・Discussion 3: Saturday, 12 15:00-16:00
  • ■ Preliminary schedule:
  • □ Discussion 1: Monday, 7 17:00-19:00
  • 1-1) Introduction
  • 1-2) The framework of discussion
  • 1-3) Short presentation by Dr. Gunnar : using technology in written exams
  • 1-4) Short presentation by Dr. Issic : impact of web-based assessment exercise
  • 1-5) Short presentation by Dr. Hak : assessment of students’ performance
  • 1-6) Short presentation by Dr. Ginshima : the role of national achievement test
  • 1-7) Spare time for presentation for someone
  • 1-8) discussion —
  • Q. How does the use of ICT influence the teaching and learning of mathematics?
  • Q. How do these modes and instruments influence the teaching and learning of mathematics?
  • Q. Are current assessment and testing modes and instruments compatible with today’s goals and aims of mathematics education?
  • … , etc.
  • □ Discussion 2: Wednesday, 9 17:30-19:30
  • 2-1) Short presentation by Dr. Arne : portfolio as a learning strategy and a tool for assessment
  • 2-2) Short presentation by Dr. Wang : assessment standard and methods
  • 2-3) Short presentation by Dr. Sue : using assessment to improve math methods courses
  • 2-4) Spare time for presentation for someone
  • 2-5) discussion —
  • Q. How can assessment and testing be devised and organised so as to serve as means to develop and strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics?
  • Q. How much is too much in assessment and testing?
  • Q. What is the balance of positive and negative outcomes of testing?
  • … , etc.
  • □ Discussion 3: Saturday, 12 15:00-16:00
  • 3-1) discussion
  • 3-2) summarize the discussion
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