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Thouless, Helen; Gifford, Sue – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2019
In this article we compare two frameworks for analysing young children's responses to the task of copying and extending a 6-dot triangle pattern. We used Mulligan & Mitchelmore's Awareness of Mathematical Pattern and Structure (AMPS) and then Biggs & Collis' SOLO taxonomy, both of which provide criteria for assigning levels. In comparison…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Pattern Recognition, Geometric Concepts, Disadvantaged Youth
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Roth, Wolff-Michael – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2016
It has become a truism to state that mathematical knowledge or "meaning" and the norms and practices of (school) mathematical communities are negotiated and socially constructed before individuals construct (internalize) them for themselves. In this study I suggest that the social in existing conceptualizations is based on a trivial…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 2, Mathematics Curriculum, Social Environment
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Meaney, Tamsin – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2011
Children bring a wealth of mathematical knowledge from home to school. This paper describes one six/seven year old girl's home interactions over 20 weeks about measurable quantities. Almost all measurement discussions occurred when actions were not straightforward. Consequently the measurement attributes usually used to introduce measurement at…
Descriptors: Time, Mathematics Education, Young Children, Family Environment
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Brizuela, Barbara; Schliemann, Analucia – For the Learning of Mathematics, 2004
In this article, the authors seek to re-conceptualize the perspective regarding students' difficulties with algebra. While acknowledging that students "do" have difficulties when learning algebra, they also argue that the generally espoused criteria for algebra as the ability to work with the syntactical rules for solving equations is…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Problem Solving