Young children's measurement knowledge: Understandings about comparison at the commencement of schooling

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Abstract

This paper presents data gathered during a three-year study that explored the experiences with measurement that children have in prior-to-school and out-of-school contexts, and the ways in which children are able to represent these experiences. In this present investigation, examples of the children's responses to an open-ended drawing task, collected at the commencement of Kindergarten, are backward-mapped in relation to the draft Australian Curriculum's Measurement and Geometry strand for Kindergarten, with a focus on the Comparison sub-strand. This data demonstrates that most of the measurement skills described in the Comparison sub-strand of the Australian Curriculum are being exhibited by children at the commencement of schooling, prior to any formal teaching about measurement taking place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMERGA 33
Subtitle of host publicationShaping the future of Mathematics Education
EditorsC Hurst C Hurst
Place of PublicationFremantle
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages375-382
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846237
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Fremantle, WA
Duration: 03 Jul 201007 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Period03/07/1007/07/10

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