Child Initiated Mathematical Patterning e=Experiences in Pre-Compulsory Years

Fox, Jillian L. (2005) Child Initiated Mathematical Patterning e=Experiences in Pre-Compulsory Years. In Chick, Helen L. & Vincent, Jill L. (Eds.) 29th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 10 - 15 2005, Melbourne, Australia.


This paper addresses the nature of child-initiated episodes of mathematical patterning prior to formal schooling. In a multi-site case study, children’s engagement in mathematical patterning experiences was investigated as was the teachers’ involvement and influence in these experiences. A conceptual framework was used to guide the examination of how children generate, engage in, and direct mathematical patterning activity. The analysis of two child-initiated patterning episodes revealed that they provide rich learning opportunities for both the children who initiate the episodes and their peers who share the episodes. The results also highlight the important role of the teacher in fostering children’s patterning development.

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ID Code: 4247
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: early childhood, mathematical patterning
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 2005 PME
Copyright Statement: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference web page (see link).
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:32

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