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ERIC Number: EJ836957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Young Children's Block Play and Mathematical Learning
Park, Boyoung; Chae, Jeong-Lim; Boyd, Barbara Foulks
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v23 n2 p157 Win 2008
This qualitative study investigated young children's mathematical engagement in play with wooden unit blocks. Two boys, ages 6 and 7, were independently observed completing the task of filling outlined regions with the various sets of blocks. Three major mathematical actions were observed: categorizing geometric shapes, composing a larger shape with smaller shapes, and transforming shapes. Results indicated that young children's block play with designed tasks promoted mathematical actions, which may cement the foundation for advanced mathematics learning. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A