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ERIC Number: EJ818865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Encouraging Mathematical Thinking through Pattern & Structure: An Intervention in the First Year of Schooling
Mulligan, Joanne; Mitchelmore, Mike; Kemp, Coral; Marston, Jennie; Highfield, Kate
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v13 n3 p10-15 2008
Virtually all mathematics is based on pattern and structure. A mathematical "pattern" is any predictable regularity, usually involving numbers or space. In every pattern, the various elements are organised in some regular fashion. The way a pattern is organised is called its "structure," which may be numerical or spatial. In this article, the authors report on a teaching intervention aimed at developing young children's understanding of pattern and structure. They found that using an approach known as the "Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program" (PASMAP) facilitates the teaching and learning of isolated skills and enables the early abstraction and generalisation of ideas for young children in a way that promotes deep mathematical thinking. (Contains 9 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia