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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||mathematics learning across the lifespan|
|Editors||A. M. Lindmeier, A. Heinze|
|Place of Publication||Germany|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (37th : 2013) - Kiel, Germany|
Duration: 28 Jul 2013 → 2 Aug 2013
|Conference||Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (37th : 2013)|
|Period||28/07/13 → 2/08/13|
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.