Invitation to Didactique
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This is an introduction to a Didactique, research program that has been going on in France since the '70s and whose importance is now widely recognized, but whose content is still not easy access to anglophones. The work of Dr. Guy Brousseau has remained largely, in his native France, untranslated and largely unknown. This book will unlock the secrets of Didactique and provide an opportunity for researchers, teacher educators, and students to learn of this important methodology. The field of Didactique is rich, deep and extensive. To a large extent, it owes its shape and even its existence to the energy and inspiration poured in by Guy Brousseau starting in the 1960's. Many others have since added their ideas and energies to produce a unique, vibrant, multi-faceted research program. Invitation to Didactique provides an easily accessible general introduction to the field, hitting the high spots and focusing largely on the contributions of Brousseau himself. Teaching Fractions through Situations: a Fundamental Experiment takes one fundamental aspect and examines it in a great deal more depth from several perspectives. It gives a detailed description of a particularly interesting way of teaching fractions and decimals which should be interesting to any reader who enjoys seeing children learn mathematics. It then examines two other aspects of the lesson sequence, first describing the exciting and challenging role of the teachers handling a highly unfamiliar approach and then placing the whole experience in its context in the very earliest phases of the development of this very important field of research.