The Pattern and Structure Mathematical Awareness Program (PASMAP) is an early mathematics program designed to promote structural thinking. PASMAP pedagogy removes the structure commonly provided for students in order to challenge them to construct their own, focusing student attention on spatial and numerical patterns and leading them to formulate their own generalisations. In this paper, we give some examples of Kindergarten PASMAP tasks that develop and link the themes of grid patterns, number patterns, multiplication and base ten numeration. Work samples drawn from a recent evaluation study are used to illustrate the range of students' structural development.
|Title of host publication||Mathematics education|
|Subtitle of host publication||expanding horizons : proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia|
|Editors||Jaguthsing Dindyal, Lu Pien Cheng, Swee Fong Ng|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (35th : 2012) - Singapore|
Duration: 2 Jul 2012 → 6 Jul 2012
|Conference||Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (35th : 2012)|
|Period||2/07/12 → 6/07/12|
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Mulligan, J., & Mitchelmore, M. C. (2012). Developing pedagogical strategies to promote structural thinking in early mathematics. In J. Dindyal, L. P. Cheng, & S. F. Ng (Eds.), Mathematics education: expanding horizons : proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 529-536). Singapore: MERGA.