An Orientation to Realistic Mathematics Education

Realistic Mathematics Education is distinguished by a rich history and a number of core principles and design heuristics that distinguish it from other approaches to mathematics education that use context, manipulatives, and real-world phenomena. This opening plenary will orient participants to the conference by surveying the primary theories and concepts that guide RME and detailing some of the exemplary work representing RME research and design.<div><br></div><div>This presentation was given as the opening plenary for the 5th Realistic Mathematics Conference (RME5), held at the University of Colorado Boulder, September 18-20, 2015.</div>