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ERIC Number: EJ793981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Promoting Repeating Patterns with Young Children--More than Just Alternating Colours!
Papic, Marina
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n3 p8-13 2007
Patterning is an essential skill in early mathematics learning, particularly in the development of spatial awareness, sequencing and ordering, comparison, and classification. This includes the ability to identify and describe attributes of objects and similarities and differences between them. Patterning is also integral to the development of counting and arithmetic structure, base ten and multiplicative concepts, units of measure, proportional reasoning, and data exploration. The importance of early algebra and patterning is reflected in current curriculum frameworks in pre-school and primary years both in Australia and internationally. This article describes some teaching/learning experiences from a recent intervention study on patterning with 4-6 year olds. It was designed to encourage children to "see" the structure of patterns and to symbolise, represent, and transfer patterns from one mode to another. Children were exposed to complex repetitions and to patterns as rotations and translations. They developed their skills in seeing similarity and difference between attributes of objects. Through these experiences children were enabled to observe more than one attribute of pattern at one time: colour, number, shape, and orientation. The results of the study provide some direction for the teaching and learning of patterns and algebra in the transition to and in the first years of schooling. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia