NOMAD – 23(1), 2018
Volume 23, No 1, March 2018
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Magnus Fahlström and Lovisa Sumpter
A model for the role of the physical environment in mathematics education
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NOMAD 23(1), 2018
Preschoolers exercising mathematical competencies
Anna Ida Säfström
The mathematical ideas that emerge in children’s free and guided play can be both complex and sophisticated, and if they are linked to formal mathematics, they can be a powerful basis for mathematical development. To form such links, one needs knowledge of how children use and express these ideas. This is especially true in the intersection of arithmetic and geometry, where the intermingling of numerical and spatial concepts and skills is not yet fully understood. This study aims to gain understanding of children’s mathematical practices by describing the interplay of key mathematical ideas, and more specifically how young children exercise mathematical competencies in the intersection of early arithmetic and geometry. The results show that children can use spatial representations when reasoning about numbers, and that they are able to connect spatial and numerical structures. Furthermore, it is shown that children not only use and invent effective procedures, but also are able to explain, justify and evaluate such procedures.
Anna Ida Säfström
Anna Ida Säfström is associate professor in mathematics education at Halmstad University. Her main research interests are mathematical competence, mathematics as conceptual fields, design research and teachers’ professional development.
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