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Task Design In Mathematics Education

an ICMI study 22

  • Task design is at the heart of effective mathematics teaching and learning

  • Synthesises the research-to-date on task design in mathematics education Task design is considered from the perspective of designers, researchers, teachers and learners

  • Produced through a comprehensive international study involving leading academics and designers in the field, as well as current research

Part of the book series: New ICMI Study Series (NISS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Theme Group Chapters

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. Frameworks and Principles for Task Design

      • Carolyn Kieran, Michiel Doorman, Minoru Ohtani
      Pages 19-81
    3. The Relationships Between Task Design, Anticipated Pedagogies, and Student Learning

      • Peter Sullivan, Libby Knott, Yudong Yang
      Pages 83-114
    4. Accounting for Student Perspectives in Task Design

      • Janet Ainley, Claire Margolinas
      Pages 115-141
    5. Design Issues Related to Text-Based Tasks

      • Anne Watson, Denisse R. Thompson
      Pages 143-190
    6. Designing Mathematics Tasks: The Role of Tools

      • Allen Leung, Janete Bolite-Frant
      Pages 191-225
  4. Plenary Presentations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 227-227
    2. The Critical Role of Task Design in Lesson Study

      • Toshiakira Fujii
      Pages 273-286
  5. Commentaries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 309-309
    2. Taking Design to Task: A Critical Appreciation

      • Kenneth Ruthven
      Pages 311-320
    3. Some Reflections on ICMI Study 22

      • Michèle Artigue
      Pages 321-335
  6. Correction to: Task Design In Mathematics Education

    • Anne Watson, Minoru Ohtani
    Pages C1-C1
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 337-339

About this book


This open access book is the product of ICMI Study 22 Task Design in Mathematics Education. The study offers a state-of-the-art summary of relevant research and goes beyond that to develop new insights and new areas of knowledge and study about task design. The authors represent a wide range of countries and cultures and are leading researchers, teachers and designers. In particular, the authors develop explicit understandings of the opportunities and difficulties involved in designing and implementing tasks and of the interfaces between the teaching, researching and designing roles – recognising that these might be undertaken by the same person or by completely separate teams. Tasks generate the activity through which learners meet mathematical concepts, ideas, strategies and learn to use and develop mathematical thinking and modes of enquiry. Teaching includes the selection, modification, design, sequencing, installation, observation and evaluation of tasks. The book illustrates how task design is core to effective teaching, whether the task is a complex, extended, investigation or a small part of a lesson; whether it is part of a curriculum system, such as a textbook, or promotes free standing activity; whether the task comes from published source or is devised by the teacher or the student.


  • Anthropological theory of didactics in mathematics
  • Digital technology in mathematics
  • Mathematics task design
  • Mathematics textbook design
  • Mathematics textbook tasks
  • Variation theory mathematics
  • learning and instruction

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Anne Watson

  • School of Education, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan

    Minoru Ohtani

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Task Design In Mathematics Education

  • Book Subtitle: an ICMI study 22

  • Editors: Anne Watson, Minoru Ohtani

  • Series Title: New ICMI Study Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-09628-5Published: 04 November 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36390-5Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-09629-2Published: 26 October 2015

  • Series ISSN: 1387-6872

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-1745

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 339

  • Number of Illustrations: 84 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Mathematics Education, Instructional Psychology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)