Young children’s movement in outdoor spaces

could this reveal mathematical awareness?

Catherine McCluskey, Joanne Mulligan, Penelope Van Bergen

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Abstract

An awareness of pattern and structure (AMPS) is critical in young children’s mathematical development (Mulligan & Mitchelmore, 2009). AMPS is formally assessed in the early years of school (K-3), in structured conditions using predetermined materials, requiring verbal and written responses. However, children also express mathematical thinking non-verbally. What is not understood, is if or how, pattern and structure may emerge informally through movement. For example, could AMPS be embodied through children’s movement in outdoor play spaces? Theoretical perspectives on embodied mathematical cognition and mathematical pattern and structure will be presented to discuss possible relationships between AMPS and children’s movement outdoors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics education research: impacting practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages484-492
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAnnual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (42nd : 2019) - Curtin Unversity, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 20194 Jul 2019

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (42nd : 2019)
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period30/06/194/07/19

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McCluskey, C., Mulligan, J., & Van Bergen, P. (2019). Young children’s movement in outdoor spaces: could this reveal mathematical awareness? In G. Hine, S. Blackley, & A. Cooke (Eds.), Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 484-492). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.