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A justification for Mathematical Modelling Experiences in the Preparatory Classroom

Fox, Jillian L. (2006) A justification for Mathematical Modelling Experiences in the Preparatory Classroom. In Grootenboer, Peter, Zevenbergen, Robyn, & Chinnappan, Mohan (Eds.) 29th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, July, 2006, Canberra, Australia.

Abstract

Traditionally, mathematics has received little attention in prior-to-school settings, however, extensive research in the last 30 years has recognised that mathematical learning is critical to success and achievement in both school and life pursuits. Research has also documented children’s capabilities for complex mathematical thinking and reasoning, and recently curriculum has been developed that addresses young children’s competencies and potentials. This paper reviews current literature to provide a justification for the inclusion of mathematical modelling activities in preparatory settings. Mathematical modelling activities move beyond traditional problem solving to encourage children to develop and explore significant, real world mathematical ideas.

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ID Code: 4920
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: early childhood, mathematics, mathematical modelling, young children
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
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 MERGA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:26

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