Difficulties confronting young children undertaking investigations
Diezmann, Carmel M., Watters, James J., & English, Lyn D. (2001) Difficulties confronting young children undertaking investigations. In 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Utrecht, Holland.
One approach to providing a mathematically rich curriculum is to involve young children in mathematical investigations in which they engage in the exploration of meaningful problems, and problem posing. However, there is limited research on how teachers can facilitate young children’s learning through investigations. This study explored the difficulties seven-to-eight year old students experienced when they began an investigatory program. We present examples of specific difficulties students confronted in conceptualising and conducting investigations, as well as general difficulties that they experienced which hindered their investigations, such as limited observation skills. Our contention is that mathematical investigations can enhance young children’s learning provided that their difficulties are addressed.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
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|Deposited On:||18 Oct 2005 00:00|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:26|
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