Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 100, Issue 2, pp 193–199 | Cite as

Book Review: Building the foundation: Whole numbers in the primary grades. Maria G. Bartolini Bussi and Xu Hua Sun (Eds.) (2018) The 23rd ICMI study – new ICMI study series

Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 536 pages. Hardcover: ISBN: 978-3-319-63554-5. €54. E-Book: ISBN: 978-3-319-63555-2 (open access)
  • Jorryt van BommelEmail author
  • Hanna Palmér

The book Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades is the documentation of the 23rd ICMI study. For those not familiar with this series, ICMI (International Commission on Mathematical Instruction) studies are international conferences supported by the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Mathematics Instruction. The participants in these conferences together produce a study volume which aims to offer a coherent, state-of-the-art representation of the domain of the study.

The 23rd ICMI study

The domain for the 23rd ICMI study is whole numbers in primary school. More specifically, the study—and thus also the book—addresses:

The beginning of the approach to whole numbers, including operations and relations, and the solution of arithmetic word problems, in schools (and possibly pre-school environments), up to grade 3 or more, according to the various school systems. (p. 5)

The conference preceding the book was held in June 2015 in Macao, China. Besides...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.Linnaeus universityVäxjöSweden

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