Commentary on a Special Issue: Davydov’s Approach in the XXI Century: Views from Multiple Perspectives

Alf T Coles*

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Abstract

The articles in this special issue, collectively, provide overwhelming evidence that a curriculum which has as its primary basis the counting of discrete objects (and hence which introduces numbers as discrete) is not an effective or rational organisation. In this commentary, I discuss the contribution of each article to an understanding of: Davydov’s ontology and epistemology; issues around the transposition of a pedagogy or curriculum from one country to another; early algebra; proportional or multiplicative reasoning. From Davydov’s own research and the writing in these articles, we know children are able to understand abstract structures from an early age. The thinking in this special issue provides tools to investigate and question any context in which such understanding is not routinely taking hold.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-478
Number of pages8
JournalEducational Studies in Mathematics
Volume106
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Davydov
  • relation
  • mathematics
  • curriculum
  • algebra
  • proportion

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