ERIC Number: ED429691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Supporting Pre-Kindergarten Children's Readiness for School Mathematics.
Klein, Alice; Starkey, Prentice; Wakeley, Ann
This study examined home and classroom support for early mathematical development. Teachers and parents of preschool children completed questionnaires evaluating young children's readiness for school mathematics. Teachers were selected from licensed preschool programs and Head Start programs. Findings indicated that a minority of teachers and parents did not believe that young children possessed types of mathematical knowledge which research has shown to be in their developmental range; that parents attributed more mathematical knowledge to pre-kindergarten children than their teachers did; and that a minority of teachers believed that children possessed math knowledge outside their developmental range. The surveys also revealed the extent of math activities provided to children in the home and at school, teacher's knowledge of curriculum, and the need for a comprehensive preschool math curriculum. Based on the findings, a pre-kindergarten math curriculum was developed, organized into topical units, each with a set of informal math activities accompanied by concrete materials, and including home and school components. Instructional approaches and professional development activities were included in the curriculum.(JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented at the NIECDE Project Director's meeting (Washington, DC, June 8-10, 1998).