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ERIC Number: EJ886093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Broadening the Horizon: Toddlers' Strategies for Learning Mathematics
Bjorklund, Camilla
International Journal of Early Years Education, v18 n1 p71-84 Mar 2010
The aim of this study is to analyse and discuss those strategies for learning that are essential for toddlers' development of an understanding of basic aspects of mathematics. Analysis focuses on authentic episodes where toddlers aged one to three are interacting with other people. The settings chosen for the qualitative analysis emanate from a variation theory of learning approach. In such an approach, learning is defined as a change in understanding, and in order to change a person's understanding of a certain phenomenon, various aspects must be focused on simultaneously. Accordingly, critical aspects that a learner has not been previously able to focus on may emerge during interaction with others since such settings provide an opportunity for the problemisation of differing aspects and perspectives. This study seeks to discern toddlers' strategies for learning through the observation of those strategies that the toddlers themselves initiate, which may reveal the competence for learning that young children possess. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland