Visual stimuli that prompt young children to notice their mathematical thinking: Two researchers' experiences

Amy MacDonald, Jill Cheeseman

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
EditorsVicki Steinle, Lynda Ball, Caroline Bardini
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages779-782
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780734048448
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013 - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 07 Jul 201311 Jul 2013
https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2013_MERGA_CP.aspx (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period07/07/1311/07/13
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    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.