Connecting algebraic development to mathematical patterning in early childhood

Fox, Jillian L. (2006) Connecting algebraic development to mathematical patterning in early childhood. In Novotna, Jarmila, Moraova, Hana, Kratka, Magdalena, & Stehlikova, Nada (Eds.) 30th Conference of the International group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July, 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.


Pattern exploration is advocated as an essential element of young children’s mathematical development. However, past research has shed little light on the effect that mathematical patterning experiences can have on the development of children’s understanding of specific mathematical concepts. This paper explores the content of mathematical patterning experiences that were observed in a multi-site case study conducted in Australian preparatory and preschool classrooms with similarly aged children. These experiences were analysed to ascertain the potential contribution they make to algebraic development. From the results, it appears that the content of these mathematical patterning experiences in prior-to-school environments, provide limited connections to algebraic thinking.

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ID Code: 4919
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: algebra, early childhood, mathematics, teacher knowledge, connections
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 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:26

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