Description : Based on the idea that children learn mathematics most effectively in contexts that are meaningful to them, the author explores a variety of ways to involve youngsters in using and developing their numerical and logical knowledge.
Description : Eminent scholars from around the globe gathered to discuss how educational systems would change if the prevailing principles of constructivism were applied to three major aspects of those systems -- knowledge and learning, communication, and environment. This volume provides documentation of the proceedings of this important meeting - - the Early Childhood Action Group of the Sixth International Congress on Mathematics Education. This international assembly, representing such diverse disciplines as mathematics and math education, epistemology, philosophy, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, and science education, is the first to examine early childhood mathematics education from constructivist and international perspectives in addition to formulating recommendations for future work in the field.
Description : This popular Continuum series, intended chiefly for teachers and trainee teachers, places strong emphasis on practice but at the same time incorporates the latest research in the field. The book demonstrates a strong belief in the ability of children to learn, and in the ability of teachers to increase children's learning potential. The series authors are distinguished practitioners in their fields who write with authority, but without jargon. With the increasingly popular constructivist framework for learning, teachers are coming to recognize the limitations of taught procedures and to find ways to encourage children to generate their own knowledge and understanding in mathematics. The challenge for teachers is to promote an environment that encourages mathematical thinking in which pupils of all abilities are able to achieve their full potential. This text brings together experiences of teachers and researchers who examine the ways children work mathematically, in order to provide an enhanced learning environment within the classroom. It also addresses key issues in current maths teaching.
Description : It can be difficult to recognize that in spite of the precision and power of mathematics, both the verbal and symbolic language it uses have the same qualities of ambiguity as every other human language. In The Role of Language in Teaching Children Math, Dr. Kastner reveals strategies to overcome the fact that traditional and current mathematics curricula, beginning in the early grades, fail to provide students with the conceptual understanding required to advance to levels where the delight of geometry and calculus become accessible. Kastner's clear prose and organic organization assists teachers, parents, and students to untangle abstract meanings required for mastery in the field of mathematics. ""As teachers of mathematics, it is critical that we continually foster meaningful mathematical conversations with children in order for them to develop a deep understanding of the math. Bernice's extraordinary, thought-provoking book is a primer on how the language we use to teach and talk about mathematics can either obscure or illuminate the profound beauty of mathematics. The Role of Language in Teaching Children Math should be read by any serious teacher of mathematics."" --Debby Halperin, Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching 2014
Description : This work uses data from the authors' own research on children's performance, errors and misconceptions across the mathematics curriculum. It develops concepts for teachers to use in organising their understanding and knowledge of children's mathematics, and concludes with theoretical accounts of learning and teaching.
Description : Noting that young children are capable of surprisingly complex forms of mathematical thinking and learning, this book presents a collection of articles depicting children discovering mathematical ideas, teachers fostering students' informal mathematical knowledge, adults asking questions and listening to answers, and researchers examining children's mathematical thinking. The chapters are: (1) "Why Do We Teach Young Children So Little Mathematics? Some Historical Considerations" (Balfanz); (2) "Children's Ways of Knowing: Lessons from Cognitive Development Research" (Sophian); (3) "The Sociology of Day Care" (McDill and Natriello); (4) "Cultural Aspects of Young Children's Mathematics Knowledge" (Guberman); (5) "Ready To Learn: Developing Young Children's Mathematical Powers" (Greenes); (6) "The Development of Informal Counting, Number, and Arithmetic Skills and Concepts" (Baroody and Wilkins); (7) "Geometric and Spatial Thinking in Young Children" (Clements); (8) "Rational-Number Learning in the Early Years: What Is Possible?" (Hunting); (9) "Young Children Doing Mathematics: Observations of Everyday Activities" (Ginsburg, Inoue, and Seo); (10) "Cognitively Guided Instruction in One Kindergarten Classroom" (Warfield and Yttri); (11) "Supporting Students' Ways of Reasoning about Patterns and Partitions" (McClain and Cobb); (12) "The Effective Use of Computers with Young Children" (Clements); (13) "Making Connections: A 'Number Curriculum' for Preschoolers" (Shane); (14) "Within Easy Reach: Using a Shelf-Based Curriculum To Increase the Range of Mathematical Concepts Accessible to Young Children" (Nelson); (15) "Teaching Mathematics through Musical Activities" (Kim); (16) "The Boston University--Chelsea Project" (Greenes); (17) "The Outdoors as a Context for Mathematics in the Early Years" (Basile); (18) "Using Storybooks To Help Young Children Make Sense of Mathematics" (Hong); (19) "Movement, Mathematics, and Learning: Experiences Using a Family Learning Model" (Coates and Franco); (20) "Math in Motion" (Goodway, Rudisill, Hamilton, and Hart); (21) "Assessing the Mathematical Understanding of the Young Child" (Copley); (22) "Improving Opportunities and Access to Mathematics Learning in the Early Years" (Padron); (23) "What To Do When They Don't Speak English: Teaching Mathematics to English-Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom" (Weaver and Gaines); (24) "Involving Parents of Four- and Five-Year-Olds in Their Children's Mathematics Education: The FAMILY MATH Experience" (Coates and Thompson); (25) "Perspectives on Mathematics Education and Professional Development through the Eyes of Early Childhood Administrators" (Weber); and (26) "Early Childhood Mathematics in Japan" (Hatano and Inagaki). (Each chapter contains references.) (KB)
Description : An early grasp of fundamental mathematical ideas such as place value, fractions, measurement, equations and ratio - is essential to children's later mathematical development: all these topics are identified in the National Curriculum. Children's Mathematical Frameworks 8-13 provides primary and secondary maths advisers, teachers and student teachers with comprehensive information on how mathematical problems are commonly presented and interpreted, and the problems children encounter in attempting to understand and apply them. The book also provides assistance in assessing levels of performance and will be helpful in determining programmes of study for Key States 2 and 3 in the National Curriculum. This book should be of interest to /OREAD.
Description : Visit the author's own website here! Children's Mathematics Network 'In Case Study 5 (a grassroots 'Children's Mathematics Network group') the initiative supported the participants in their professional change by giving them a space for the detailed and joint consideration of children's mathematical thinking. Another significant feature of this initiative is its focus on careful consideration and analysis of children's mathematics, and the ways in which professionals can support and encourage the children's mathematical thinking and reasoning... The standard of the mathematical understanding, thinking and reasoning that the displays revealed was far higher than the specified curriculum objectives for children of this age...' - Researching Effective CPD in Mathematics Education (RECME) project: (NCETM, 2009) 'The review also plays great score by play-based learning of a mathematical nature, and makes specific recommendations regarding early mark-making as a precursor to abstract mathematical symbolism'. Section 115 features children's mathematical graphics and emphasises: 'The role of mark-making in children's cognitive development is set out in the taxonomy (Carruthers and Worthington, 2006)'. The report recommends that 'local authorities, leaders, managers and head teachers should provide a culture with a significant focus on mathematical mark-making' and 'a learning environment that encourages children to choose to use their own mathematical graphics to support their mathematical thinking and processes' - The Williams Maths Review: (DCSF, 2008) `At the very heart of the success of the book is the authors' ability to see mathematics through young children's eyes by listening to and reflecting on the constant efforts made by children to make sense of their world. This is a liberating book which proposes that the teaching of mathematics could and should be a highly creative and enjoyable proceess' - Branwen Llewelyn Jones, Early Years Consultant at PACE Ltd / TACTYC 'Ground breaking... To single out any one chapter would be unfair because there is something thought-provoking and inspirational throughout. If you want to expand your understanding upwards and outwards then get a copy soon' - Times Educational Supplement 'I first read Children's Mathematics, Making Marks, Making Meaning a couple of years ago and it had an immediate impact on my own thinking and teaching, and the work I do with trainee teachers. I'm sure you will find it compelling reading too. I think it has the potential to change, in a fundamental way, how we think about early mathematical development' - Lynne McClure, Editor, Math Co-ordiator's File, Mathematics Association 'In their exceptionally readable and informative book, Children's Mathematics, Making Marks, Making Meaning Carruthers and Worthington (2006) draw attention to one of the main goals of early years teaching, that is, to help children make links between the mathematics they have already encountered (and continue to engage with) at home and the more abstract mathematics of the school. These authors suggest that by encouraging children to represent mathematical ideas in their own ways and, crucially, by talking to the pupils about the marks they have made, we are given a "window" onto their thinking that may otherwise be inaccessible' - Liz Pumphrey, NRICH This book draws on the authors' many years of teaching children aged three to eight years and also on their extensive research with children in the home, nursery and school. The authors explain the development and range of young children's mathematical marks and visual representations, showing how children make mental connections between their own early marks and subsequent abstract mathematical symbolism, and go on to develop their own written methods. Combining theory and practice, this acclaimed book demonstrates how children's own mathematical graphics are highly creative and show deep levels of thinking. The authors show how this is the key to success in school mathematics and to higher levels of achievement. The authors are winners of TACTYC's (2003) Jenefer Joseph Award for the Creative Arts (3 - 8) - awarded for their innovative work with children on mathematical graphics.