This paper describes the mathematical engagement of 31 children, aged three to seven years as they participated in a twelve-week program using simple robotics. The study examined the children's mathematical learning and play in two contexts: a prior-to-school setting and Grade One in a primary school. Data collated from video taped experiences, semi-structured interviews and children's representations highlighted the rich mathematics learning in number, space and measurement. Children engaged in a cycle of programming the robotic toys that promoted reflective problem solving.
|Title of host publication||International Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings : tasks and tools in elementary mathematics|
|Editors||Jarmila Novotna, Hana Moraova|
|Place of Publication||Prague|
|Publisher||Charles University, Faculty of Education|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||International Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching - Prague|
Duration: 18 Aug 2013 → 23 Aug 2013
|Conference||International Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching|
|Period||18/08/13 → 23/08/13|
- simple robotics
- young children
Highfield, K. (2013). Playing with simple robotics: a tool for mathematics learning in the early years. In J. Novotna, & H. Moraova (Eds.), International Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching: proceedings : tasks and tools in elementary mathematics (pp. 122-130). Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Education.