Mathematical thinking of preschool children in rural and regional Australia: An overview

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    The project Mathematical Thinking of Preschool Children in Rural an reional Australia: Research and Practice was funded by the National Centre of Science, ICT, and Mathematics Education in Rural and regional Australia (SiMERR). The project team known as the Early Years Mathematics Forum, consisted of 12 early childhood mathematics educators from 10 universities across Australia and New Zealand. The project had two main aims: to investigate conceptions and views of preschool practitioners with respect to young children's mathematical thinking and development; and to review recent research literature dealing with the mathematical learning and thinking of young children and make this information accessible to practitioners and their educators.In this paper, an overview of the project is presented, including relevant background literature, the current political and educational climate in early childhood education in which the project was completed, and methods adopted. This paper provides a basis on which each of the other papers in this issue of the journal rests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-13
    Number of pages13
    JournalAustralian research in early childhood education : journal for Australian research in early childhood education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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