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Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Central America and the Caribbean

The Cases of Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela


  • Offers a comparative analysis on mathematics teacher education in Central America and the Caribbean

  • Provides important and so far unpublished information on mathematics Education in Latin America

  • Offers direction for international collaborative research

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Education (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Colombia: Mathematics Education and the Preparation of Teachers. Consolidating a Professional and Scientific Field

    • Edgar Alberto Guacaneme-Suárez, Gilberto Obando-Zapata, Diego Garzón, Jhony Alexander Villa-Ochoa
    Pages 19-37
  3. Costa Rica: The Preparation of Mathematics Teachers

    • Yuri Morales-López
    Pages 39-56
  4. Venezuela: Initial and Continuing Preparation of the Mathematics Teacher

    • Nelly León Gómez, Walter O. Beyer Kessler
    Pages 71-86

About this book

This Open Access book is an excellent synthesis of the initial and continuing preparation for Mathematics Teaching in Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Venezuela, from which comparative analyses can be made that show similarities and differences, and highlight various perspectives.

In August 2012, a workshop of the Capacity and Networking Project (CANP) of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) was held in Costa Rica. This CANP brought together for two weeks a group of 66 Mathematics educators, mathematicians, university administrators, and elementary and secondary teachers from Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Panamá and Costa Rica. The goal was to promote progress in Mathematics Education in the region; as such it was a unique experience in the region. One of the most important results of this event was the creation of the Mathematics Education Network of Central America and the Caribbean (REDUMATE). It was organized by persons associated with the Mathematics Education Reform Project in Costa Rica (responsible for the most outstanding and innovative curriculum reform in Latin America) and the Inter-American Committee on Mathematics Education (IACME), which is an official regional multinational organization affiliate of ICMI.

This book brings to the international Educational Community an important collection of experiences and ideas in the Mathematics Education of four countries of a region within the heart of the American continent, a region that has been many times forgotten. The dissemination of these results can promote the search for international collaborative actions in a wider scale. 


  • Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Central America
  • Mathematics Education in Central America and the Caribean
  • Mathematics Teachers in Latin America
  • Capacity and Networking Project CANP
  • Mathematics Education Reform Project Costa Rica
  • Mathematics Education Colombia
  • Mathematics Education Dominican Republic
  • Mathematics Education Costa Rica
  • Mathematics Education Venezuela


“This book gives the reader an eye-opening interpretation of the current research, facts, and realities on the state of mathematics education. Books like this put together vital papers to give math educators an up-to-date state of affairs in the profession, acknowledgement of the problems, and the incentive to figure out what to do to solve the problems.” (Peter T. Olszewski, MAA Reviews, November, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Research and Teacher Preparation in Mathematics Education, University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica

    Angel Ruiz

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Central America and the Caribbean

  • Book Subtitle: The Cases of Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela

  • Editors: Angel Ruiz

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Education

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2017

  • License: CC BY-NC-ND

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-44176-4Published: 15 December 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-44177-1Published: 01 December 2016

  • Series ISSN: 2211-1921

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-193X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 86

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Mathematics Education, International and Comparative Education, Education Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)