Promoting mathematical pattern and structure in the first year of schooling

an intervention study

Joanne Mulligan, Michael Mitchelmore, Jennifer Marston, Kate Highfield, Coral Kemp

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    Abstract

    Using a design approach, this study monitors the growth in mathematics learning of ten Kindergarten students engaged in a Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program (PASMAP) over 15 weekly teaching episodes. Pre- and post- interviews using a Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA) and standardised measures indicated substantial growth across number, measurement and geometry concepts. Qualitative analyses of digital recordings and students' representations provided complementary evidence of their invented symbolisations and generalisations in repetitions and growing patterns. Improvements in mathematical processes such as skip counting, multiplicative thinking, unitising and partitioning, similarity and congruence, and area measurement were observed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the joint meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA xxx, Vol 4
    EditorsO Figueras, JL Cortina, S Alatorre, T Rojano, A Sepulveda
    Place of PublicationMorelia, México
    PublisherINT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC
    Pages1-8
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventJoint Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (32nd : 2008) and the North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education (30th : 2008) - Morelia, Mexico
    Duration: 17 Jul 200821 Jul 2008

    Publication series

    NamePME Conference Proceedings
    PublisherINT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC
    ISSN (Print)0771-100X

    Conference

    ConferenceJoint Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (32nd : 2008) and the North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education (30th : 2008)
    CountryMexico
    CityMorelia
    Period17/07/0821/07/08

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