A comparison of Chinese and Australian early childhood mathematics
Fox, Jillian (2012) A comparison of Chinese and Australian early childhood mathematics. In STEM 2012 Proceedings of the 2nd International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference : Instructional Innovations and Interdisciplinary Research in STEM Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing.
In the 21st century mathematics proficiency is synonymous with a numerate citizenry. In the past few decades young children’s ability to reason mathematically and develop mathematical proficiencies has been recognised. This paper explores the history of early childhood mathematics (ECME) that may explicate differences in Chinese and Australian contexts.
Results of this review established that China and Australia are diametrically positioned in ECME. Influencing each countries philosophies and practices are their cultural beliefs. ECME in China and Australia must be culturally sustainable to achieve excellent outcomes for young children.
Ongoing critique and review is necessary to ensure that ECME is meeting the needs of all teachers and children in their particular context. China and Australia with their rich contrasting philosophies can assist each other in their journeys to create exemplary ECME for the 21st century.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||published by Beijing Normal University|
|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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Deposited On:||14 Mar 2013 04:10|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2013 05:16|
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