Curriculum Implementation in Intermediate Mathematics (CIIM)


Lead Researchers:
Christine Suurtamm,
Barbara Graves

Consulting Researcher:
Geoff Roulet, Queen’s University

Project Manager: Suhong Pak

Research Assistants – University of Ottawa:
Emily Addison, Ann Arden, Nicola Benton, Arlene Corrigan, Adrian Jones, Martha Koch, Jennifer Hall

Research Assistants – Queen’s University: Stephen Khan, Jill Lazarus,
Kate Mackrell

Funded by: Council of Ontario Directors of Education, Ministry of Education

The Ontario Ministry of Education introduced a revised curriculum in mathematics for Grades 1–10 in Fall 2005. This revised curriculum is an inquiry-oriented approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Although much research has been done to examine particular aspects of curriculum implementation and student achievement, there has been no comprehensive research to examine how this curriculum is being implemented in classrooms across the province. This research addresses the following research questions:

  • How is this curriculum understood and enacted  in Grade 7-10 classrooms across the province?
  • What has helped to support the implementation of this curriculum?
  • What does the enactment of this curriculum actually look like in classrooms?

The research design is multi-faceted researchand includes questionnaires, interviews and case studies.

Selected publications:
Suurtamm, C., & Koch, M. (2011). Grappling with new assessment ideas: Dilemmas in classroom practice. American Education Research Association (AERA). New Orleans. April 2011.

Suurtamm, C. (2011). Assessment reform in mathematics classrooms:  Practices and dilemmas. NCTM Research Presession. Indianapolis. April 2011.

Suurtamm, C., Koch, M., & Arden, A. (2010). Teachers’ emerging assessment practices in mathematics: Classrooms in the context of reform. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, and Practice, 17(4), 399-417.

Suurtamm, C., & Graves, B. (2010). The complexity of enacting inquiry mathematics: A large-scale study. NCTM Research Presession. San Diego, CA. April, 2010.

Suurtamm, C., & Graves, B. (2010). Developing new mathematics classroom practices: The role of coherence and collaboration. In A. D. Henshall and B. C. Fontanez (Eds.), Educational change. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Suurtamm, C., & Graves, B. (2009). Mathematics education reform: The role of coherence within the complexity of change. Models in Developing Mathematics Education – International Conference. Dresden, Germany. September 2009.

Suurtamm, C., & Graves, B. (2007), Curriculum Implementation in Intermediate Mathematics (CIIM) : Research Report. Report prepared for distribution to school boards.