An evaluation of the Australian ‘reconceptualising early mathematics learning’ project : key findings and implications

Mulligan, Joanne, English, Lyn D., & Mitchelmore, Mike (2013) An evaluation of the Australian ‘reconceptualising early mathematics learning’ project : key findings and implications. In Proceedings of 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Springer, Kiel University, Germany, pp. 337-344.


The Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Project (PASMAP) has investigated the development of patterning and early algebraic reasoning among 4 to 8 year olds over a series of related studies. We assert that an awareness of mathematical pattern and structure (AMPS) enables mathematical thinking and simple forms of generalization from an early age. This paper provides an overview of key findings of the Reconceptualizing Early Mathematics Learning empirical evaluation study involving 316 Kindergarten students from 4 schools. The study found highly significant differences on PASA scores for PASMAP students. Analysis of structural development showed increased levels for the PASMAP students; those categorised as low ability developed improved structural responses over a short period of time.

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ID Code: 67575
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: reconceptualising early mathematics learning, pattern and structure, generalisation, young children
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2014 23:58
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014 22:55

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