Mathematical thinking of preschool children in rural and regional Australia: Looking to the future

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    Abstract

    These are interesting times in early childhood education in Australia. While early childhodd educators continue to apply 'early childhood principles' of education and care in their settings, there are moves afoot that seek to change what early childhood educators do, think and believe. The SiMMERR project Mathematical Thinking of Preschool Children in Rural and Regional Australia: Research and Practice concluded its final report with a series of recommendations for the future of early childhood mathematics education in Australia. These recommendations need to be analysed in terms of the current Australian early childhood education climate as well as the international research on effective programs of early childhood education. One measure of the relevace of the SiMMERR project recommendations is how they fit with the various position statements on early mathematics education and learning frameworks that have been or are in the process of being developed. In this paper, all of these aspects of the future are considered and are related to the findings and recommendations of Mathematical Thinking of Preschool Children in Rural and Regional Australia: Research and Practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-109
    Number of pages11
    JournalAustralian research in early childhood education : journal for Australian research in early childhood education
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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