# Johannes Kepler Symposium on Mathematics

As part of the Johannes Kepler symposium on mathematics
**Prof. em. John
O'Donoghue**, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, College of Science & Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland,
will give a public talk (followed by a discussion) on **Wed, March 28, 2012**
at **15:15 o'clock** at **HS 13**
on the topic of
"Recent developments in school mathematics in Ireland"
. The organziers of the symposium,

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Larcher

A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Maaß, and

die ÖMG (Österreichische Mathematische Gesellschaft),

hereby cordially invite you.

Series D - Didactics

### Recent developments in school mathematics in Ireland

It is well known and widely reported in the media and elsewhere that Ireland has a significant ‘mathematics problem’. This problem coupled with problems in science education is seen to impact negatively on the country’s ability to progress towards a ‘smart economy’ which is the goal of current government economic and educational policy. The so-called problem spans all levels of education and general mathematical and scientific literacy in the wider adult population. This paper focuses on issues in post-primary mathematics education and related matters and outlines some major new developments that are underway in response to the mathematics problem in Ireland.