Publication year: 2018
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This twenty-third ICMI Study addresses for the first time mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school (and pre-school) setting, while also taking international perspectives, socio-cultural diversity and institutional constraints into account. One of the main challenges of designing the first ICMI primary school study of this kind is the complex nature of mathematics at the early level. Accordingly, a focus area that is central to the discussion was chosen, together with a number of related questions. The broad area of Whole Number Arithmetic (WNA), including operations and relations and arithmetic word problems, forms the core content of all primary mathematics curricula. this study presents a meta-level analysis and synthesis of what is currently known about WNA, providing a useful base from which to gauge gaps and shortcomings, as well as an opportunity to learn from the practices of different countries and contexts.
Subject: Open Access, mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school, Whole Number Arithmetic, 23rd ICMI Study, WNA, international perspectives on primary math education, social-cultural diversity of early mathematics teaching, institutional constraints of early mathematics, arithmetic word problems, Whole number thinking, learning and development