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van Lieshout, Ernest C. D. M.; Xenidou-Dervou, Iro – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2018

At the start of mathematics education children are often presented with addition and subtraction problems in the form of pictures. They are asked to solve the problems by filling in corresponding number sentences. One type of problem concerns the representation of an increase or a decrease in a depicted amount. A decrease is, however, more…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Addition

Knapp, Andrea; Landers, Racheal; Liang, Senfeng; Jefferson, Vetrece – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

The researchers in this study investigated the impact of mathematics-focused parental involvement on Kindergarten to Grade 8 children and parents as well as factors prompting that impact. Qualitative analysis consisting of parent, child, and teacher interviews and 3-year quantitative testing showed significant improvements in students' mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Parent Participation, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education

Blanton, Maria; Brizuela, Bárbara M.; Gardiner, Angela Murphy; Sawrey, Katie; Newman-Owens, Ashley – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

Recent research suggests that children in elementary grades have some facility with variable and variable notation in ways that warrant closer attention. We report here on an empirically developed progression in first-grade children's thinking about these concepts in functional relationships. Using learning trajectories research as a framework for…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 1, Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills

Norén, Eva – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

This paper draws on data from a first grade multilingual mathematics classroom in Sweden. I explore how students' agency is pronounced in the classroom that actually can be a site where mathematics reform-oriented pedagogy thrives and how the emphasis on language support in such classrooms can support reform-oriented pedagogy. I argue that the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Multilingualism, Elementary School Mathematics

Krummheuer, Götz – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

This paper deals with one aspect of the endeavor to generate a theory of the development of mathematical thinking of children in the early years ages 3 to 10. By comparing two scenes, one from preschool and one from a first grade mathematics class, the relationship between diagrammatic and narrative argumentations among children and teachers is…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills, Young Children

English, Lyn D. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

This paper argues for a renewed focus on statistical reasoning in the beginning school years, with opportunities for children to engage in data modelling. Results are reported from the first year of a 3-year longitudinal study in which three classes of first-grade children (6-year-olds) and their teachers engaged in data modelling activities. The…

Descriptors: Statistics, Science Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Data Analysis

Brizuela, Barbara M.; Cayton, Gabrielle A. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2008

Twenty-three kindergarten and first grade children were asked to articulate the meaning and the need for punctuation marks in a list of numerals showing prices for a list of items. Despite not having been schooled yet formally on the use and roles of numerical punctuation, many children gave similar explanations regarding the purpose of…

Descriptors: Punctuation, Numbers, Grade 1, Kindergarten

Brizuela, Barbara M. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2006

This paper focuses on the kinds of notations young children make for fractional numbers. The extant literature in the area of fractional numbers acknowledges children's difficulties in conceptualizing fractional numbers. Some of the research suggests possibly delaying an introduction to conventional notations for algorithms and fractions until…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Coding, Young Children, Number Concepts

Empson, Susan B.; Junk, Debra; Dominguez, Higinio; Turner, Erin – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2006

Although equal sharing problems appear to support the development of fractions as multiplicative structures, very little work has examined how children's informal solutions reflect this possibility. The primary goal of this study was to analyze children's coordination of two quantities (number of people sharing and number of things being shared)…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Problem Solving, Elementary School Students, Numbers