Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) is a growing collaboration
of mathematicians, teacher-educators, and teachers who have been
working together since 1989 on both curriculum development and professional
development for teachers.
With the support of the National Science Foundation, IMP has created
a four-year program of problem-based mathematics that replaces the
traditional Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus
sequence and that is designed to exemplify the curriculum reform
called for in the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards of the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
The IMP curriculum integrates traditional material with additional
topics recommended by the NCTM Standards, such as statistics, probability,
curve fitting, and matrix algebra.
IMP units are generally structured around a complex central problem.
Although each unit has a specific mathematical focus, other topics
are brought in as needed to solve the central problem, rather than
narrowly restricting the mathematical content. Ideas that are developed
in one unit are usually revisited and deepened in one or more later
The IMP curriculum has been thoroughly field-tested and enthusiastically
received by hundreds of classroom teachers around the country. Their
enthusiasm is based on the success they have seen in their own classrooms
with their own students.
These informal observations are backed by more formal evaluations.
Dr. Norman Webb, of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research,
has done several studies comparing the performance of students using
the IMP curriculum with the performance of students in traditional
For information about the program
and its implementation, contact:
Lisa Doak or Sherry Fraser
P.O. Box 2891
Sausalito, CA 94966
For information on the IMP curriculum
and how to order material, contact:
Key Curriculum Press
1150 65th St.
Emeryville, CA 94608