Mathematical and Analogical Reasoning in Early Childhood

English, Lyn D. (2004) Mathematical and Analogical Reasoning in Early Childhood. In English, Lyn D. (Ed.) Mathematical and Analogical Reasoning of Young Learners. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, N.J., pp. 1-21.


The chapters of this book provide further evidence of young children's reasoning abilities. We draw on rich sets of data from a longitudinal and cross-cultural study of young children’s reasoning development as they progressed from preschool through to the end of second grade. The participants included the children and their teachers from schools in Australia and the United States. We pay special attention to the children’s development of mathematical and analogical reasoning in their informative years, given that our earlier studies had highlighted the importance of analogical reasoning in children's mathematical development (Alexander, White, & Daugherty, 1997). The purpose of this first chapter is to provide background information on analogical and mathematical reasoning, and to highlight the issues that are the focus of this book. Consideration is given first to the nature, role, and development of analogical reasoning.

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ID Code: 1619
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details : Lyn English
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Keywords: analogical reasoning, problem analogies, classical analogies, mathematical reasoning, children's mathematical development
ISBN: 9780805849455
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:08

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