Title: Early experiments with modern mathematics in Belgium. Paper presented in Topic Study Group 24 on History of teaching and learning of mathematics
Authors: De Bock, Dirk
Vanpaemel, Geert
Issue Date: 2016
Conference: International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME13) location:Hamburg, Germany date:24-31 July 2016
Abstract: In 1958, F. Lenger and M. Lepropre started a first experiment with modern mathematics in two schools for kindergarten teachers (Arlon and Liège). Soon, to provide help with mathematical problems that emerged, G. Papy was asked to cooperate. Papy developed and guided a more radical
version of the experiment for a similar group of students in Brussels. In Papy’s experiment, the emphasis was on logic and little room was left for intuition. At the same time, P. Libois coordinated experiments at the École Decroly in Brussels in the context of his participation to the Dubrovnik seminar (1960). Libois’ experiments were still strongly influenced by the intuitive geometry of which
he was one of the advocates. In this paper, we discuss these experiments, as well as their reception, first by Emma Castelnuovo and other Italian mathematics teachers, and second, by Belgian school psychologists who strongly criticized methodological aspects of the “audacious” experiments of the mathematicians.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Instructional Psychology and Technology
Department of Information Management, Modeling and Simulation, Campus Brussels - miscellaneous
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Department of ECON-CEDON, Campus Brussels

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