Repeating patterns : strategies to assist young students to generalise the mathematical structure
Warren, Elizabeth, Miller, Jodie, & Cooper, Thomas (2012) Repeating patterns : strategies to assist young students to generalise the mathematical structure. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(3), pp. 111-120.
This paper focuses on very young students' ability to engage in repeating pattern tasks and identifying strategies that assist them to ascertain the structure of the pattern. It describes results of a study which is part of the Early Years Generalising Project (EYGP) and involves Australian students in Years 1 to 4 (ages 5-10). This paper reports on the results from the early years' cohort (Year 1 and 2 students). Clinical interviews were used to collect data concerning students' ability to determine elements in different positions when two units of a repeating pattern were shown. This meant that students were required to identify the multiplicative structure of the pattern. Results indicate there are particular strategies that assist students to predict these elements, and there appears to be a hierarchy of pattern activities that help students to understand the structure of repeating patterns.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Patterns, Mathematical structure, Early childhood mathematics, Algebra|
|Subjects:||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 > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Early Childhood Australia Inc.|
|Deposited On:||20 May 2013 23:08|
|Last Modified:||22 May 2013 04:51|
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