Content and organization of grade 0 mathematics education in the Faroe Islands

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In this paper we study the content and organization of preschool mathematics for grade 0 in the Faroe Islands from a formal and praxis point of view. We elaborate on motives for the genesis of grade 0 and unveil formal documents. We present data from two cases in which we interview two grade 0 mathematics teachers. The data is analyzed in relation to Bishop’s six fundamental activities for mathematical enculturation and we report on the educational resources that are used in these activities. Our results show that the content and organization from a formal point of view is limited, while data from our cases indicate that mainly two of Bishop’s activities are employed, and that the content is heavily influenced by the chosen mathematics textbook system. We conclude that the lack of formal organization is problematic from an educational point of view and deliberate future perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Twelfth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Place of PublicationBozen-Bolzano
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Preschool grade 0 mathematics
  • policy and curriculum
  • Bishop’s activities for mathematical enculturation
  • educational resources


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