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The Development of Ability in Arithmetic


by Leo J. Brueckner 1939

In the modern curriculum, arithmetic has much broader functions than were commonly recognized in the traditional school. Present thinking emphasizes four major functions of arithmetic: (a) the computational function, which deals with the development of essential computational skills; (b) the informational function, which deals with the development of an understanding of the history, evolution, and present status of institutions, such as banks, insurance, and taxation, that have been created by society to deal with social uses of number; (c) the sociological function, which deals with the development of an awareness of the problems faced by these institutions and of the means, current and proposed, for solving those problems; and (d) the psychological function, which deals with the development of the power to do quantitative thinking and of an appreciation of the value and significance of quantitative data and methods in dealing with the affairs of life


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 38, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 40 Number 9, 1939, p. 275-298
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20582, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:13:51 AM

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