Using the drawing-telling approach to reveal young children's mathematical knowledge

Amy MacDonald, Steve Murphy

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This paper contributes to the symposium, "Research methods involving children's drawings in mathematical contexts" by exploring the "drawing-telling" approach to researching with young children. "Drawing-telling" is a methodological approach that encourages young children to represent their experiences and understandings through both drawings and accompanying narratives. The authors have used the drawing-telling approach to elicit young children's understandings about measurement within their first few weeks of starting primary school. This paper details the drawing-telling approach, and shares some insights and examples from the larger study of children's measurement knowledge at the start of school.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics education research: Impacting practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846312
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019 - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 201904 Jul 2019 (Program) (Proceedings)


Conference42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleMathematics education research: Impacting practice
OtherWelcome to Perth for MERGA 42 for what should be a memorable conference. We are delighted to be hosting this conference as it is 25 years since it was last held in Perth and nine years since it was last hosted in Western Australia. The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia provides an inclusive and cosmopolitan Conference. We look forward to seeing mathematics educators - and academics involved in mathematics education - from many countries.

The organising committee, consisting of academics from Curtin University and the University of Notre Dame Australia, is confident that the conference program will be well received, as will the accompanying social program.

The conference has a theme of “Research Impacting Practice”. This focus was chosen to advance the mathematical experience of the students to whom we ultimately contribute. We are fortunate to have been able to attract some highly regarded international speakers in Professors Jere Confrey, Paul Cobb, Doug Clements, and Julie Sarama. In addition, Professor Di Siemon will deliver the Clements Foyster Address and Professor Doug Clarke the Teachers’ Day Keynote speech. That is indeed an impressive line-up of speakers who will certainly provide plenty of stimulation.
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