ERIC Number: ED450892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Numeracy Counts. Early Education Support Series.
Noting that comparisons with international numeracy standards have raised concern about the mathematics attainment of British children, this report provides information to enhance Scottish early childhood practitioner knowledge and understanding of early numeracy and gives practical examples of how to work with young children to develop their skills. Recent research studies into early numeracy are highlighted so that educators can reexamine and develop what they do with confidence and enthusiasm. The report also provides a focus for discussion between parents and professionals, promoting a better understanding of the complementary roles they play and how they can work together to raise children's numeracy knowledge, understanding, and achievement. The sections of this report are: (1) "Early Numeracy: What Does It Mean?"; (2) "Numeracy Begins at Home"; (3) "Children's Knowledge and Understanding of Number Prior to Starting School"; (4) "The Role of Pre-School Settings," discussing the linkage of home and preschool learning, play as a context for early mathematical experiences, and use of nursery routines to provide a mathematics-rich environment; (5) "Reflecting on Existing Practice," related to counting, workbooks and schemes, use of concrete material, mental calculation, organization for learning, game playing, and problem solving; and (6) "Links between Literacy and Numeracy." Contains 20 references. (KB)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Numeracy, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Standards
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Authoring Institution: Learning and Teaching Scotland, Dundee.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)