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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

Tsamir, Pessia; Tirosh, Dina; Levenson, Esther S.; Barkai, Ruthi; Tabach, Michal – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

This paper describes kindergarten children's engagement with two patterning activities. The first activity includes two tasks in which children are asked to choose possible ways for extending two different repeating patterns and the second activity calls for comparing different pairs of repeating patterns. Children's recognition of the unit of…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Pattern Recognition, Mathematical Concepts

Ferrara, Francesca; Sinclair, Nathalie – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

This paper focuses on pattern generalisation as a way to introduce young students to early algebra. We build on research on patterning activities that feature, in their work with algebraic thinking, both looking for sameness recursively in a pattern (especially figural patterns, but also numerical ones) and conjecturing about function-based…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Generalization

Ekdahl, Anna-Lena; Venkat, Hamsa; Runesson, Ulla – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

In this article, we present a coding framework based on simultaneity and connections. The coding focuses on microlevel attention to three aspects of simultaneity and connections: between representations, within examples, and between examples. Criteria for coding that we viewed as mathematically important within part-whole additive relations…

Descriptors: Coding, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Applications, Demonstrations (Educational)

Heyd-Metzuyanim, Einat; Graven, Mellony – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

The reported research attempts to trace possible reasons for third grade learners' limited progress in numeracy in a low socioeconomic status (SES) South African context. This is done through two lenses, both stemming from Sfard's commognitive (The term "commognition" has been offered by Sfard (2008) as an amalgam of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Socioeconomic Status, Numeracy

Magargee, Suzanne D.; Beauford, Judith E. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

The purpose of this longitudinal study is to investigate whether an early childhood intervention using an explicit and transparent number naming system will have a lasting benefit to English and Spanish speaking children in their mathematics achievement related to number sense by accelerating their acquisition of concepts of numeracy and place…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Carlsen, Martin; Erfjord, Ingvald; Hundeland, Per Sigurd; Monaghan, John – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2016

This paper focuses on kindergarten teachers' interactions with young children during mathematical learning activities involving the use of digital tools. We aim to characterise the teachers' roles and actions in these activities and extend considerations of teachers' orchestrations current in the research literature with regard to agency and…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Young Children, Mathematics Activities

Roth, Wolff-Michael; Maheux, Jean-François – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2015

Mathematics educators have shown increasing interest in theorizing knowing and learning as something alive or as something that comes alive through the involvement of the body. Almost all current efforts attempt doing so by focusing on the body in which the otherwise invisible living being exhibits itself, thereby failing to consider everything…

Descriptors: Educational Theories, Learning Theories, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Activities

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

Krummheuer, Götz; Leuzinger-Bohleber, Marianne; Müller-Kirchof, Marion; Münz, Melanie; Vogel, Rose – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

First results of the project "Mathematical Creativity of Children at Risk" (MaKreKi) will be presented. The project is conducted in the interdisciplinary research center "Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children at Risk" (IDeA [http://www.idea-frankfurt.eu; accessed 7 June 2013]). Combining a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Psychiatry, Creative Thinking, Creativity

Tirosh, Dina; Tsamir, Pessia; Levenson, Esther; Tabach, Michal; Barkai, Ruthi – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

This article reports on young children's self-efficacy beliefs and their corresponding performance of mathematical and nonmathematical tasks typically encountered in kindergarten. Participants included 132 kindergarten children aged 5-6 years old. Among the participants, 69 children were identified by the social welfare department as being abused…

Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Self Efficacy, Mathematics

Krummheuer, Götz – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

In 2008, the research center "Individual Development and Adaptive Education" was constituted by the Goethe University, the German Institute for International Educational Research, and the Sigmund Freud Institute, all located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (http://www.idea-frankfurt.eu). The research of the center focuses on the…

Descriptors: Child Development, Research and Development Centers, Mathematics, Cognitive Processes

Brandt, Birgit – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2013

This study describes situations in German daycare facilities (Kindergarten) in which the development of mathematical thinking in children is specifically encouraged through examination of common play objects. Using micro-sociological methods of analysis, the mathematical potential of such interactions between teacher and child is elaborated within…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Play

Hewitt, Dave – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2012

This study looks at a mixed ability group of 21 Year 5 primary students (aged 9-10 years old) who had previously never had formal instruction using letters to stand for unknowns or variables in a mathematics context; nor had they been introduced to formal algebraic notation. Three lessons were taught using the computer software "Grid Algebra"…

Descriptors: Primary Education, Algebra, Computer Software, Mathematics Education

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