As described in the symposium overview, this paper is built on two researchers' interests and research concerning mathematics learning and teaching at the time of children's transition to primary school, including prior-to-school and the first years of school. Our previous research has shown that young children are aware of their own mathematical thinking and the experiences during which mathematics learning has occurred; however, for young children it is often easier to talk about something tangible rather than something abstract. In our attempts to elicit the mathematical thinking of four to seven year-olds we have found that the use of visual stimuli prompts children to not only notice their own learning, but also share this learning with others. In this paper we describe two forms of visual prompting we have found to be very useful as research methodologies for assisting children to notice their mathematical thinking: children's drawings and video-stimulus recall.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia|
|Subtitle of host publication||Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow|
|Editors||Vicki Steinle, Lynda Ball, Caroline Bardini|
|Place of Publication||Adelaide|
|Publisher||Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013 - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 07 Jul 2013 → 11 Jul 2013
https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2013_MERGA_CP.aspx (Conference proceedings)
|Conference||36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013|
|Abbreviated title||Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow|
|Period||07/07/13 → 11/07/13|
MacDonald, A., & Cheeseman, J. (2013). Visual stimuli that prompt young children to notice their mathematical thinking: Two researchers' experiences. In V. Steinle, L. Ball, & C. Bardini (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (pp. 779-782). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.