Connecting young children’s mathematics learning

early years (P-3)

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This presentation promotes an integrated approach to teaching and learning mathematics. Common underlying features that link mathematical concepts are based on an Awareness of Mathematical Pattern and Structure (AMPS). Spatial reasoning plays an integral role in developing mathematical concepts and processes, and the development of AMPS. Examples drawn from a series of research projects, the Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program, focused on 4 to 8 year olds, will demonstrate how this integrated approach aims to move mathematics teaching and learning beyond basic numeracy to discovering connected mathematical patterns and relationships. The presentation illustrates how the project assesses children’s mathematical development through a Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA) interview, and exemplifies an innovative pedagogy, the Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program (PASMAP), that focuses on connected mathematical ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMATHS exPLOSION 2016
Subtitle of host publication2016 Mathematical Association of Victoria's Annual Conference Proceedings
EditorsWanty Widjaja, Esther Yook-Kin Loong, Leicha A. Bragg
Place of PublicationBrunswick, Victoria
PublisherThe Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781876949600
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMathematical Association of Victoria 53rd Annual Conference: Maths exPLOSION 2016 - Bundoora, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20162 Dec 2016


ConferenceMathematical Association of Victoria 53rd Annual Conference


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Mulligan, J. (2016). Connecting young children’s mathematics learning: early years (P-3). In W. Widjaja, E. Yook-Kin Loong, & L. A. Bragg (Eds.), MATHS exPLOSION 2016: 2016 Mathematical Association of Victoria's Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 65-70). Brunswick, Victoria: The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV).