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ERIC Number: EJ747871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Supporting Multiple Literacies: Parents' and Children's Mathematical Talk within Storybook Reading
Anderson, Ann; Anderson, Jim; Shapiro, Jon
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v16 n3 p5-26 2005
The purpose of this study was to explore how parents and their young children attended to mathematical concepts as they engaged in shared book reading. Thirty-nine parents and their 4-year-old children from a culturally diverse metropolitan area were videotaped as they read "Mr. McMouse" (Lionni, 1992) and "Swimmy" (Lionni, 1963). Shared reading episodes were transcribed in their entirety and the data were coded according to a scheme developed by the authors (Anderson, Anderson, & Shapiro, 2004). All families except one engaged in mathematical talk although there was considerable diversity in terms of the amount of talk and the ways in which mathematical concepts were shared. The concept of size arose most frequently, next was different aspects of number, while shape occurred relatively infrequently. Results suggest that shared book reading holds considerable potential for parents to draw attention to mathematical vocabulary and concepts. (Contains 1 table and 2 appendices.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A