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ERIC Number: EJ836497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1442-3901
Preschool Educators' Sustained Professional Development in Young Children's Mathematics Learning
Perry, Bob; Dockett, Sue; Harley, Elspeth
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, v8 p117-134 spec iss 2007
This paper investigates the effects of a sustained professional development project in South Australia in which a small group of preschool educators worked with the authors to develop their own knowledge and skills in facilitating young children's mathematical learning. Through the development of an approach to pedagogy that linked the mandated learning outcomes for preschools in South Australia to powerful mathematical ideas, the preschool educators have changed their practices in mathematics education and the ways in which they think about these practices. As well, implementation of a narrative assessment approach has provided opportunities not only for the enhancement of children's learning but also enhancement of the educators' mathematical knowledge and skills. After providing background about current research on effective pedagogy in preschools, the paper considers the impact of the professional development project on the early childhood educators, particularly in terms of their growth in knowledge, skills and confidence in early childhood mathematics. (Contains 7 tables.)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. GPO Box 2747, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia