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ERIC Number: EJ1222160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Dotty Triangles
Thouless, Helen; Gifford, Sue
For the Learning of Mathematics, v39 n2 p13-18 2019
In this article we compare two frameworks for analysing young children's responses to the task of copying and extending a 6-dot triangle pattern. We used Mulligan & Mitchelmore's Awareness of Mathematical Pattern and Structure (AMPS) and then Biggs & Collis' SOLO taxonomy, both of which provide criteria for assigning levels. In comparison with AMPS, the SOLO taxonomy credited children with more structural awareness at the lower end of the scale, and Fujita and Yamamoto's extension of this discriminated responses at the upper end. However, one child's responses made us question what the scales were identifying. We argue that both taxonomies encourage a focus on static outcomes of children's attention to pattern, but can reveal engagement in a dynamic analytic process.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A