The editors wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to all those who were involved in and contributed to the publication of the book. First and foremost, to all the writers who donated their knowledge and experience in writing the various chapters and to Sara Gazit for the extremely beautiful photographs, including the photograph on the cover of the book.
Our thanks go to Nira Ben-Ari, the linguistic editor, who relentlessly invested time and thought in the verbal design of the book, bringing it to its final shape.
We wish to express our thanks to Brill | Sense, to Peter de Liefde and Michel Lokhorst who assisted us in the preparation of the book.
We are also indebted to the mofet Institute for Research, Curriculum and Program Development for Teacher Educators that published the Hebrew version of the book and the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts that funded the publication of the English version.
Personal Note by Dorit Patkin
I contacted mofet Institute with the idea of the book with which I had been preoccupied when my mother, the late Ahuva Sperling, was on her deathbed. She motivated and stimulated me in my academic studies, the choice of mathematics teaching as my profession for life and in my attainments in this field. She was an educator of the highest rank, a preschool-teacher who taught and educated numerous generations of children, including myself and my own children. I dedicate this book to her with my endless love.