Understanding Children's Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play: Beginnings in Play

Paperback | May 1, 2011

byElizabeth Carruthers, Maulfry Worthington

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This book challenges traditional beliefs and practices of teaching 'written' mathematics in early childhood. It gives theoretical underpinnings and offers exciting insights and context to children's early mathematical thinking and in particular into children's mathematical graphics, showing how this supports their understanding of the abstract symbolic language of mathematics. Drawing on a wide range of examples, it illustrates and explains how children explore and communicate their mathematical thinking through their mathematical graphics, and how this begins in play.

The book looks at the power of children's own marks, symbols and other graphical representations to convey meanings, exploring how they support complex thinking. The authors explore the relationship between children's play and meaning making. Rather than viewing mathematics as a separate subject or as a set of basic 'skills' to be transmitted, they demonstrate that in supportive learning cultures children develop their own mathematical thinking to solve problems.

Key features include:

  • Numerous new examples and case studies of children from birth to 6 years,highlighting the complexity and richness of children's thinking
  • Explanation of pedagogical issues - showing how they can support rich play and mathematics
  • Draws on the authors' latest research This book is valuable reading for students, teachers, primary mathematics coordinators' and all early years' professionals working in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

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This book challenges traditional beliefs and practices of teaching 'written' mathematics in early childhood. It gives theoretical underpinnings and offers exciting insights and context to children's early mathematical thinking and in particular into children's mathematical graphics, showing how this supports their understanding of the ...

Maulfry Worthington and Elizabeth Carruthers are co-founders of the international Children's Mathematics Network, established in 2003. Their work is widely acclaimed and is featured in the 'Williams Maths Review' (DCSF, 2008).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:3.74 × 2.68 × 0.22 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335237762

ISBN - 13:9780335237760

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword (Janet Moyles)

Section 1: Children
Play and mathematics
Beginnings in play
Drawing, writing and maps
Graphical signs: contexts and meanings
Babies, toddlers and two-year olds
Children's mathematical graphics
Children's mathematical graphics in play
Children's mathematical graphics in small group contexts
Solving problems: children's mathematical graphics

Section 2: Pedagogy and practice
Children's voices
Pedagogy that supports mathematical play

Conclusion: Continuity and high expectations
Appendix