Assessing young children's mathematical strengths

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only


This presentation explores a range of research-based and practically-relevant approaches for recognising, and building upon, young children’s mathematical experiences and understandings. Based on a mantra of ‘knowing where children are going to by knowing where they are coming from’, Amy will examine a variety of strategies that can offer holistic insights into what children know and can do in mathematics. There is growing recognition that children develop powerful mathematical ideas from a very young age. The increasing numbers of children participating in early childhood programs, and the emphasis on the importance of mathematics in general, provide compelling reasons for understanding children’s mathematical development in the early childhood years. In order to make children’s competencies visible, we need to utilise assessment strategies that attend to young children’s capacities for sharing their unique mathematical experiences and understandings. Amy will explore questions of why and how to assess young children’s mathematical strengths, and will canvass research to inform best-practice approaches. Given the compelling international evidence of the relationship between mathematical knowledge at the time of school entry and later school achievement, it is important to consider the mathematical competencies of children in the early years in order to understand the foundation upon which subsequent mathematics education should build.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event54th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria: MAV 2017 - La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
Duration: 07 Dec 201708 Dec 2017 (Conference website) (Conference synopsis)


Conference54th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria
Abbreviated titleAchieving excellence in M.A.T.H.S
OtherWelcome to MAV17 – Our theme for this year’s conference is Achieving excellence in M.A.T.H.S

The Mathematical Association of Victoria invites you to the 54th Annual Conference (MAV17) in Melbourne from Thursday 7 – Friday 8 December 2017

Join us in exploring the question, ‘What does excellence look like?’

Australia’s international standing in mathematics has been slipping, however Victorian schools continue to perform above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average and at the upper end of results across Australia.

MAV is dedicated to the improvement of mathematics education and at this year’s annual conference delegates will investigate the most effective approaches, tools and new technology, that education professionals can use to improve student learning outcomes across all levels (Early childhood to the senior years of secondary schools and beyond).

At MAV17, learn first-hand about the latest developments in mathematics education and be inspired by the wide-range of sessions available. Network with primary, secondary and tertiary teachers; teacher educators, researchers and academics; resource providers and representatives from government and other education bodies.

Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity at MAV17 to share and discuss excellence in mathematics while making social and professional connections in a dynamic environment.
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing young children's mathematical strengths'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this