The Growth of early mathematical patterning

an intervention study

Marina Papic, Joanne Mulligan

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Abstract

A case study monitored the development of 53 preschoolers’ mathematical patterning skills in two similar preschools, one of which implemented a 6-month Intervention promoting patterning concepts. Pre- and post-Intervention assessment data and follow-up data evaluated the impact of the Intervention on the growth of Repeating and Spatial Patterns. Intervention children outperformed Non-Intervention children across a range of patterning tasks and this trend was maintained 12 months after formal schooling. Intervention children readily identified the unit of repeat and the structure of spatial patterns. Without exposure to Growing Patterns, intervention children identified, extended, represented and justified triangular and squared number patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics
Subtitle of host publicationessential research, essential practice : proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, Tasmania, 2--6 July 2007
EditorsJane Watson, Kim Beswick
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMERGA
Pages591-600
Number of pages10
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781920846138
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (30th : 2007) - Hobart
Duration: 2 Jul 20076 Jul 2007

Conference

ConferenceMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (30th : 2007)
CityHobart
Period2/07/076/07/07

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Keywords

  • Patterning
  • Preschoolers
  • Early mathematics
  • learning Intervention
  • Early algebra

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Papic, M., & Mulligan, J. (2007). The Growth of early mathematical patterning: an intervention study. In J. Watson, & K. Beswick (Eds.), Mathematics: essential research, essential practice : proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, Tasmania, 2--6 July 2007 (Vol. 2, pp. 591-600). Adelaide: MERGA.