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Clements, Douglas H.; Fuson, Karen C.; Sarama, Julie – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2019
We respond to a call to analyze issues of curriculum standards and to present alternative storylines by addressing criticisms of the Common Core State Standards in early childhood. We describe a storyline from multiple media and evaluate this storyline's criticisms, focusing on the criticism that the standards are developmentally inappropriate. We…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Kindergarten
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Cullen, Amanda; Eames, Cheryl L.; Cullen, Craig J.; Barrett, Jeffrey E.; Sarama, Julie; Clements, Douglas H.; Van Dine, Douglas W. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018
We examine the effects of 3 interventions designed to support Grades 2-5 children's growth in measuring rectangular regions in different ways. We employed the microgenetic method to observe and describe conceptual transitions and investigate how they may have been prompted by the interventions. We compared the interventions with respect to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Lamb, Lisa A.; Bishop, Jessica Pierson; Philipp, Randolph A.; Whitacre, Ian; Schappelle, Bonnie P. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018
In a cross-sectional study, 160 students in Grades 2, 4, 7, and 11 were interviewed about their reasoning when solving integer addition and subtraction open-number-sentence problems. We applied our previously developed framework for 5 Ways of Reasoning (WoRs) to our data set to describe patterns within and across participant groups. Our analysis…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Grade 2, Grade 4, Grade 7
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Earnest, Darrell – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2017
This article reports on elementary students' understanding of time in the context of common classroom manipulatives and notational systems. Students in Grades 2 (n = 72) and 4 (n = 72) participated in problem-solving interviews involving different clocks. Quantitative results revealed that students' performances were significantly different as a…
Descriptors: Time, Problem Solving, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
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Foster, Matthew E.; Anthony, Jason L.; Clements, Doug H.; Sarama, Julie; Williams, Jeffrey M. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2016
This study evaluated the effects of a mathematics software program, the Building Blocks software suite, on young children's mathematics performance. Participants included 247 Kindergartners from 37 classrooms in 9 schools located in low-income communities. Children within classrooms were randomly assigned to receive 21 weeks of computer-assisted…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Arithmetic, Kindergarten, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Blanton, Maria; Brizuela, Bárbara M.; Gardiner, Angela Murphy; Sawrey, Katie; Newman-Owens, Ashley – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2015
The study of functions is a critical route into teaching and learning algebra in the elementary grades, yet important questions remain regarding the nature of young children's understanding of functions. This article reports an empirically developed learning trajectory in first-grade children's (6-year-olds') thinking about generalizing functional…
Descriptors: Young Children, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Mathematics Instruction
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Dyson, Nancy; Jordan, Nancy C.; Beliakoff, Amber; Hassinger-Das, Brenna – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2015
The efficacy of a research-based number-sense intervention for low-achieving kindergartners was examined. Children (N = 126) were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: a number-sense intervention followed by a number-fact practice session, an identical number-sense intervention followed by a number-list practice session, or a business-as-usual…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Numeracy, Number Concepts, Intervention
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Blanton, Maria; Stephens, Ana; Knuth, Eric; Gardiner, Angela Murphy; Isler, Isil; Kim, Jee-Seon – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2015
This article reports results from a study investigating the impact of a sustained, comprehensive early algebra intervention in third grade. Participants included 106 students; 39 received the early algebra intervention, and 67 received their district's regularly planned mathematics instruction. We share and discuss students' responses to a written…
Descriptors: Algebra, Thinking Skills, Intervention, Grade 3
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Faulkner, Valerie N.; Stiff, Lee V.; Marshall, Patricia L.; Nietfeld, John; Crossland, Cathy L. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2014
This study is a longitudinal look at the different mathematics placement profiles of Black students and White students from late elementary school through 8th grade. Results revealed that Black students had reduced odds of being placed in algebra by the time they entered 8th grade even after controlling for performance in mathematics. An important…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Student Placement, Race, Elementary School Mathematics
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Szilagyi, Janka; Clements, Douglas H.; Sarama, Julie – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2013
This study investigated the development of length measurement ideas in students from prekindergarten through 2nd grade. The main purpose was to evaluate and elaborate the developmental progression, or levels of thinking, of a hypothesized learning trajectory for length measurement to ensure that the sequence of levels of thinking is consistent…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Young Children
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Matthews, Percival; Rittle-Johnson, Bethany; McEldoon, Katherine; Taylor, Roger – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2012
Knowledge of the equal sign as an indicator of mathematical equality is foundational to children's mathematical development and serves as a key link between arithmetic and algebra. The current findings reaffirmed a past finding that diverse items can be integrated onto a single scale, revealed the wide variability in children's knowledge of the…
Descriptors: Symbols (Mathematics), Elementary School Students, Mathematics Tests, Test Items
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Clements, Douglas H.; Sarama, Julie; Spitler, Mary Elaine; Lange, Alissa A.; Wolfe, Christopher B. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2011
This study employed a cluster randomized trial design to evaluate the effectiveness of a research-based intervention for improving the mathematics education of very young children. This intervention includes the "Building Blocks" mathematics curriculum, which is structured in research-based learning trajectories, and congruous…
Descriptors: Professional Continuing Education, Dietetics, Intervention, Mathematics Education
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Anderson, Ann; Anderson, Jim; Shapiro, Jon – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2004
The purpose of the study reported in this article was to explore the mathematical discourse in which four dyads engaged while sharing the storybook "One Snowy Night" (Butterworth, 1989) while at home or in other locations (e.g., day care centers). Each dyad consisted of a mother and her four-year-old child. Various discourse patterns were evident,…
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Mothers, Mathematical Concepts, Child Care