Teacher Education Around the World Educating Primary School Mathematics Teachers in the Netherlands: Back to the Classroom

Goffree, Fred; Oonk, Wil
May 1999
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education;1999, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p207
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on the education of primary school mathematics teachers in the Netherlands. Summing up the history, the Dutch primary teachers were not given any formal training before 1800 and only a proper knowledge of the subject was required for teaching. The first teacher training college in the Netherlands was founded by the government around 1800 but a major change was bought up by the New Training College Act of 1952. With world-wide New Math movement force, mathematician Hans Freudenthal developed the Institute for Development of Mathematics Education along with the Wiskobas project. A great contribution and dedication by Freudenthal in this project revolutionised mathematics education. He believed that students can rediscover mathematics if their teacher is well equipped with the objective structures of formal mathematics. The aeroplane model was transformed into a three-volume text during 1980 and was known as "Mathematics and Didactics for Primary Mathematics Students."


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