By Mogens Niss (auth.), Mogens Niss (eds.)
The current publication, circumstances of evaluate in arithmetic schooling, is one in all reports as a result of an ICMI examine convention on evaluation in arithmetic schooling and Its results. The booklet that is released within the sequence of ICMI reports below the overall editorship of the President and Secretary of ICMI is heavily with regards to one other examine due to an analogous convention: Investigations into overview in arithmetic schooling (Niss, 1992). the 2 books, even if originating from an identical resources and having an identical editor, emphasize diversified features of evaluate in arithmetic schooling and will be learn independently of each other. whereas the current e-book is dedicated to offering and discussing instances of evaluation which are really carried out, the opposite research makes an attempt to significantly research common and important features of review. certainly, the content material of both publication is enriched via the fabrics and views supplied by means of the opposite one. with a purpose to positioned this booklet and its heritage into context, the character and scope of the ICMI reviews are defined in short below.
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Cases of Assessment in Mathematics Education: An ICMI Study by Mogens Niss (auth.), Mogens Niss (eds.)