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CATEGORIES: Mathematics Education Research Group (MERG)
SUMMARY:Using Numbers to Understand the World - Terezinha
Nunes\, Department of Education\, University of Ox
ford
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URL:http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/64383
DESCRIPTION:Number systems are a cultural tool for understandi
ng the world\; therefore\nnumeracy is as crucial i
n education as literacy. Numbers have two kinds of
\nmeaning: an analytical meaning\, defined by the
logic of the number system\,\nand a representation
al meaning\, which involves relating numbers to qu
antities\nand relations in the world. In general t
erms\, the analytical meaning of numbers\ncan be t
hought of as arithmetic and the representational m
eaning is the basis of\nquantitative reasoning. Th
ere is some degree of independence between\nchildr
en’s understanding of arithmetic and quantitative
reasoning\, but both are\nnecessary when one uses
numbers to understand the world. The heuristic val
ue\nof this analysis will be illustrated in this t
alk by considering the development\nof children’s
mathematical knowledge.
LOCATION: Faculty of Education\, 184 Hills Road\, Cambridge
\, CB2 8PQ\, DMB\, Room GS4
CONTACT:Ann Waterman
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