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ERIC Number: ED573316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Developing Pedagogical Strategies to Promote Structural Thinking in Early Mathematics
Mulligan, Joanne T.; Mitchelmore, Michael C.
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), (35th, Singapore, July 2-6, 2012)
The Pattern and Structure Mathematical Awareness Program (PASMAP) is an early mathematics program designed to promote structural thinking. PASMAP pedagogy removes the structure commonly provided for students in order to challenge them to construct their own, focusing student attention on spatial and numerical patterns and leading them to formulate their own generalisations. In this paper, we give some examples of Kindergarten PASMAP tasks that develop and link the themes of grid patterns, number patterns, multiplication and base ten numeration. Work samples drawn from a recent evaluation study are used to illustrate the range of students' structural development.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Research Council
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Australia