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ERIC Number: ED512075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 102
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 68
Enhancing Mathematics Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings
Haynes, Maggie; Cardno, Carol; Craw, Janita
Teaching and Learning Research Initiative
The overall aim of the project was to engage early childhood teachers in investigating and improving their expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The intention of the project was to develop a research environment through which researchers and kindergarten teachers worked collaboratively, using action research methodology, to explore "means" by which mathematical outcomes for children could be maximised. The research arose from the premise that within the field of mathematics education, while much has been written about mathematical experiences of both learners and teachers in the compulsory (school) sectors of education, very little is documented on mathematical learning and teaching in the early childhood sector from the perspective of the teacher, and particularly within Aotearoa New Zealand. The project engaged the kindergarten teachers through one cycle of action research: from reconnaissance, through intervention, to evaluation. This provided them with opportunities to self-select a relevant issue in mathematics teaching and learning through exploration and reflection on their own mathematics knowledge, their personal dispositions towards mathematics, and their teaching strategies. It was expected that changes in practice would improve mathematical outcomes for children. It was hoped that the findings from this project would: (1) act as a useful learning tool for early childhood teachers across the wider early childhood education field by provoking them to consider the teaching and learning of mathematics in their own contexts; (2) contribute to the body of knowledge within mathematics education research both within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally; and (3) broaden the action research field by increasing the possibilities for early childhood teachers to engage in action research. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 9 images.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (New Zealand)
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand