Inspiring young children's mathematical thinking through pattern and structure

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    The Australian Pattern and Structure Mathematical Awareness Project was founded on the conviction that young children are more mathematically capable than previously thought and that pedagogy in early mathematics can promote generalisation. Through an innovative approach based on promoting awareness of pattern and structure, children could be challenged to think mathematically much earlier, making abstractions and generalisations that would enable them to understand and connect mathematical concepts more deeply. Two outcomes are the Pattern and Structure Assessment interview (PASA) and the Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program (PASMAP). In this paper, we focus on PASMAP pedagogy and tasks for students aged 5 to 7 years in order to illustrate the range of structural development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTasks and tools in elementary mathematics
    EditorsJarmila Novotna, Hana Moraova
    Place of PublicationPrague, Czech Republic
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventInternational Symposium on Elementary Maths Teaching (SEMT) - Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 18 Aug 201323 Aug 2013


    ConferenceInternational Symposium on Elementary Maths Teaching (SEMT)
    CountryCzech Republic


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