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ERIC Number: EJ926845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
Assessing the Development of Preschoolers' Mathematical Patterning
Mitchelmore, Michael C.; Papic, Marina M.; Mulligan, Joanne T.
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v42 n3 p237-268 May 2011
The development of patterning strategies during the year prior to formal schooling was studied in 53 children from 2 similar preschools. One preschool implemented a 6-month intervention focusing on repeating and spatial patterns. Children from the intervention group demonstrated greater understanding of unit of repeat and spatial structuring, and most were also able to extend and explain growing patterns 1 year later. The findings indicate a fundamental link between patterning and multiplicative reasoning through the development of composite units. (Contains 8 tables, 5 footnotes, and 10 figures.)
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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