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Mildenhall, Paula – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014
In this article Paula Mildenhall describes a research project that investigated the use of a multi-semiotic teaching approach to develop flexible computational strategies in young children.
Descriptors: Numeracy, Preschool Education, Computation, Mathematics Instruction
Su, Hui Fang Huang; Lai, Leanne; Rivera, Herminia Janet – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012
Autism is a neural development disorder which impairs one's ability to socialise, communicate, process sensory information, and those with autism experience restricted interests and repetitive behaviours. These signs all begin before three years of age and the child may have difficulty with organising their responses, with inhibition of repetitive…
Descriptors: Autism, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
Highfield, Kate – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010
Robotic toys present unique opportunities for teachers of young children to integrate mathematics learning with engaging problem-solving tasks. This article describes a series of tasks using Bee-bots and Pro-bots, developed as part a larger project examining young children's use of robotic toys as tools in developing mathematical and metacognitive…
Descriptors: Toys, Robotics, Educational Opportunities, Young Children
McKnight, Amy; Mulligan, Joanne – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010
Open-ended tasks focused on content specific features are regarded as an effective way to promote particular concept development and to elicit higher-order thinking. Such tasks may vary widely in their focus and approach and they can be formulated without unnecessary complexity. When mathematics tasks are designed in an open-ended fashion they can…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
Papic, Marina – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007
Patterning is an essential skill in early mathematics learning, particularly in the development of spatial awareness, sequencing and ordering, comparison, and classification. This includes the ability to identify and describe attributes of objects and similarities and differences between them. Patterning is also integral to the development of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Student Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Algebra