The Intuitive Sources of Probabilistic Thinking in Children - Synthese Library 85 (Paperback)
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The Intuitive Sources of Probabilistic Thinking in Children - Synthese Library 85 (Paperback)

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Paperback 210 Pages / Published: 30/11/1980
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About a year ago I promised my friend Fischbein a preface to his book of which I knew the French manuscript. Now with the printer's proofs under my eyes I like the book even better than I did then, because of, and influenced by, new experiences in the meantime, and fresh thoughts that crossed my mind. Have I been influenced by what I remembered from the manuscript? If so, it must have happened unconsciously. But of course, what struck me in this work a year ago, struck a responsive chord in my own mind. In the past, mathematics teaching theory has strongly been influenced by a view on mathematics as a heap of concepts, and on learning mathematics as concepts attainment. Mathematics teaching practice has been jeopardised by this theoretical approach, which in its most dangerous form expresses itself as a radical atomism. To concepts attainment Fischbein opposes acquisition of intuitions. In my own publications I avoided the word "intuition" because of the variety of its meanings across languages. For some time I have used the term "constitution of mathematical objects", which I think means the same as Fischbein's "acquisition of intuitions" - indeed as I view it, constituting a mental object precedes its conceptualising, and under this viewpoint I tried to observe mathematical activities of young children.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789027711908
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 12 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 197

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