Integrated Mathematics (Matematica Meshulevet) curriculum program

Project website (in Hebrew):

https://stwww1.weizmann.ac.il/math-rehovot/

Project heads

Prof. Ruhama Even

Dr. Alex Friedlander

Coordinator

Dr. Naomi Robinson

Development team – current members

Rachel Bouhadana

Bracha Elias

Tali Furman

Dr. Alex Friedlander

Gabriela Goldenberg

Dr. Nurit Hadas

Dr. Naomi Robinson

Dr. Naomi Taizi

Rachel Zaks

Development team – alumni

Elian Ben-Dror

Dr. Nilli Hirshfeld

Maya Koren

Sara Kiro

Gila Osruso-Hagag

Edit Pilosof

Dr. Hanna Stein

Mathematics consultant

Prof. Edriss Titi, Faculty of mathematics and computer science

Summary

In response to the introduction of a new national junior-high school mathematics curriculum in 2009, by the Ministry of Education, we began developing a new comprehensive junior-high school mathematics curriculum program – Integrated Mathematics (Matematica Meshulevet). The program emphasizes problem solving, thinking, and reasoning for all students; and connections among mathematical concepts, topics and domains. The curriculum development team comprises experienced mathematics curriculum developers and mathematics teachers. Edriss Titi from the Faculty of Mathematics serves as our scientific advisor. The textbooks are developed in regular/extended and limited scope versions ((blue and green strands respectively). They are written in Hebrew and are translated to Arabic, as well as converted to a version suitable for ultra-orthodox Jews. A teacher guide and other resources accompany the textbooks. Findings from my studies on the interactions among teachers, curriculum and classrooms (described below) and on teacher knowledge and practice contribute to the development of the curriculum materials and the teacher guides. The experimental editions of all the textbooks and the final edition of the regular/extended scope version of the 7th grade textbook are completed. We are now in the midst of developing the final edition of the rest. Integrated Mathematics (Matematica Meshulevet) curriculum program is used in more than 250 schools throughout Israel, and we provide counseling and continuous support to hundreds of teachers all over the country via yearlong and summer courses for teachers and an interactive website (visited almost 200,000 times during the past year).