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, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 199–212 | Cite as

Cultural transposition: Italian didactic experiences inspired by Chinese and Russian perspectives on whole number arithmetic

  • Maria MelloneEmail author
  • Alessandro Ramploud
  • Benedetto Di Paola
  • Francesca Martignone
Original Article

Abstract

The paper presents some reflections and activities developed by researchers and teachers involved in teacher education programs on cultural transposition. The construct of cultural transposition is presented as a condition for decentralizing the didactic practice of a specific cultural context through contact with other didactic practices of different cultural contexts. We discuss the background theoretical issues of this approach and also give an analysis of two examples of cultural transposition experiences carried out in Italy. In particular, by means of qualitative analysis of some excerpts, discussions, and interviews, we show that the contact with different perspectives coming from China and Russia fostered educational practices and reflections on whole number arithmetic education.

Keywords

Cultural transposition Whole number arithmetic Early algebra 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Mellone
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alessandro Ramploud
    • 2
  • Benedetto Di Paola
    • 3
  • Francesca Martignone
    • 4
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni “R. Caccioppoli”Università di Napoli Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Comprensivo J.F. KennedyReggio EmiliaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Matematica e InformaticaUniversità di PalermoPalermoItaly
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione TecnologiaUniversità del Piemonte OrientaleAlessandriaItaly

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