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The What and Why of Whole Number Arithmetic: Foundational Ideas from History,Language and Societal Changes

Published inBuilding the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades The 23rd ICMI Study, Editors Bartolini Bussi, M.G. and Xu Hua, S., p. 91-124
PublisherSpringer Open
Collection
  • New ICMI Study Series; 23
Publication date2018
Abstract

After more than five years of collaboration on whole number arithmetic (WNA), we summarise our experiences, focusing on the process, the merits and the limits of the ICMI Study 23, together with the potential for future activity and for addressing different kinds of audience. We have not worked alone. A very knowledgeable and helpful International Program Committee (IPC) shared the whole process of preparation of this volume. We wish to thank them all for their long-lasting (and not yet finished) collaboration; although, obviously, the responsibility for some delicate choices and possible mistakes and misunderstandings is left to the two of us. The two epigraphs above, from the French philosopher and sinologist François Jullien and from an ancient Chinese saying, summarise our attitude now. This international study has offered us the opportunity to increase our knowledge and start two complementary processes: –– Becoming aware of some deep values of our own culture (our ‘unthought') which we may have considered in the past the only possible choice or, at least, the most suitable choice for an ideal ‘human nature'. –– Considering the possibility of introducing into our own practices, beliefs and values (our ‘jade stone') the processes of innovation, not copied from but influenced by practices, beliefs and values of another culture. The Study Volume is an account of the collective memory of participants offered to the wider community of primary mathematics educators, including researchers, teachers, teacher educators and policymakers. It is a product of fruitful collaboration between mathematicians and mathematics educators, in which, for the first time in the history of ICMI, the largely neglected issue of WNA in primary school has been addressed. The volume reports all the activities of the Conference. Many co-authors, who were involved in a collective co-authorship, are listed at the end of the volume.

Keywords
  • Mathematics teaching
  • Whole numbers
  • Primary education
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XU HUA, Sun et al. The What and Why of Whole Number Arithmetic: Foundational Ideas from History,Language and Societal Changes. In: Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades The 23rd ICMI Study. [s.l.] : Springer Open, 2018. p. 91–124. (New ICMI Study Series)
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ISBN978-3-319-63554-5
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