An evaluation of the Australian ‘Reconceptualising Early Mathematics Learning’ project

key findings and implications

Joanne Mulligan, Lyn English, Michael Mitchelmore

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    Subtitle of host publicationmathematics learning across the lifespan
    EditorsA. M. Lindmeier, A. Heinze
    Place of PublicationGermany
    PublisherPME
    Pages337-344
    Number of pages8
    Volume3
    ISBN (Print)9783890882895
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (37th : 2013) - Kiel, Germany
    Duration: 28 Jul 20132 Aug 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (37th : 2013)
    CityKiel, Germany
    Period28/07/132/08/13

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    Mulligan, J., English, L., & Mitchelmore, M. (2013). An evaluation of the Australian ‘Reconceptualising Early Mathematics Learning’ project: key findings and implications. In A. M. Lindmeier, & A. Heinze (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: mathematics learning across the lifespan (Vol. 3, pp. 337-344). Germany: PME.