Reconceptualizing early mathematics learning

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    Abstract

    One of the most fundamental challenges for mathematics education today is to inspire young students to develop 'mathematical minds' and pursue mathematics learning in earnest. Current research shows that young students are developing complex mathematical knowledge and abstract reasoning much earlier than previously considered. A range of studies in prior to school and early school settings indicate that young students do possess cognitive capacities which, with appropriately designed and implemented learning experiences, can enable forms of reasoning not typically seen in the early years (e.g., Clarke, Clarke & Cheeseman, 2006; Clements, Sarama, Spitler, Lange, & Wolfe, 2011; English, 2012; Papic, Mulligan, & Mitchelmore, 2011; Perry & Dockett, 2008; Thomas, Mulligan, & Goldin, 2002; van den Heuvel-Panhuizen & van den Boogaard, 2008; van Nes & de Lange, 2007).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    Subtitle of host publicationmathematics learning across the lifespan
    EditorsA. M. Lindmeier, A. Heinze
    Place of PublicationGermany
    PublisherPME
    Pages139-142
    Number of pages4
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)9783890882871
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (37th : 2013) - Kiel, Germany
    Duration: 28 Jul 20132 Aug 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (37th : 2013)
    CityKiel, Germany
    Period28/07/132/08/13

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    Mulligan, J. T. (2013). Reconceptualizing early mathematics learning. In A. M. Lindmeier, & A. Heinze (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: mathematics learning across the lifespan (Vol. 1, pp. 139-142). Germany: PME.