Mathematics in the Early Years

Mathematics in the Early Years : Knowledge & Understanding 0-8

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In this book, the authors present a holistic approach to mathematics education in the early years. They make the case for traditional good practice in early years maths and against early didactic teaching and testing, and show why some practices in early years maths are better than others.
Drawing on work in developmental psychology and the psychology of early mathematics, 'Mathematics in the Early Years' shows how an integrated theory of early years maths can be an indispensable tool for developing the early years maths curriculum, for establishing good practice in schools, nurseries and children's centres, and for engaging non-mathematics-specialists with the topic.

Mathematics in the Early Years shows how mathematics can be drawn out of young children's activities, rather than imposed on them. It presents early mathematical development as broadly based and linked to a range of developmental phenomena. The book shows the range of ways in which children's activities develop their ability to think mathematically, so that educators are better able to understand and support such developments. The book is illustrated throughout with examples drawn from practice around the world.

The book is designed for undergraduate modules on mathematics in the early years. It will also be useful for practitioners, managers and academics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 170 x 242mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849201927
  • 9781849201926

Table of contents

The Three Organising Themes
Movement And Sensory Perception
Symbolisation In Children 0-8.
Teaching - Maximising Opportunities For Mathematical Development
Assessing Young Children's Mathematical Development
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About Penelope Munn

Dr Robert J. (Bob) Wright holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from the University of Queensland (Australia) and a doctoral degree in mathematics education from the University of Georgia. He is an adjunct professor in mathematics education at Southern Cross University in New South Wales. Bob is an internationally recognized leader in assessment and instruction relating to children's early arithmetical knowledge and strategies, publishing four books, and many articles and papers in this field. His work over the last 20 years has included the development of the Mathematics Recovery Program which focuses on providing specialist training for teachers to advance the numeracy levels of young children assessed as low-attainers. In Australia and New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere, this program has been implemented widely and applied extensively to classroom teaching and to average and able learners as well as low-attainers. He has conducted several research projects funded by the Australian Research Council including the most recent project focusing on assessment and intervention in the early arithmetical learning of low-attaining 8-10-year-olds.
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