What’s that number? Questioning learners in early childhood Mathematics contexts

Ewing, Bronwyn F. (2005) What’s that number? Questioning learners in early childhood Mathematics contexts. In Early Childhood Australia Biennial Conference, 28th September to 1st October, Brisbane. (Unpublished)


Research on teachers teaching Mathematics indicates that the characteristics of questioning determine the extent that learners are provided with opportunities to participate actively in their learning and construct Mathematical meaning. This presentation explores four characteristics of questioning influential to teaching and learning in early childhood Mathematics: post question wait-time; vague or ambiguous questioning; and questioning and prompting. These characteristics evolved from case studies of four teachers of Mathematics Recovery. The analysis of the teaching sessions focussed on teaching and specifically, on interaction between teacher and student. This presentation will provide excerpts of one-to-one teaching to elaborate the effects of the characteristics. These excerpts will serve as a vehicle for discussion on how to support a diverse range of early learners of Mathematics through effective questioning. It will be argued that in one-to-one Mathematics contexts in early childhood, the teacher should be continually fine-tuning and micro-adapting their teaching but not necessarily reducing the challenge to the child, thus ensuring that the diversity of learners’ needs are met.

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ID Code: 2343
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: early childhood, mathematics, numeracy, number, questioning, maths recovery, one, to, one teaching, psychology of mathematics education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
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 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:27

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