
06194276
a
2013e.00829
van den HeuvelPanhuizen, Marja
Elia, Iliada
The role of picture books in young children's mathematics learning.
English, Lyn D (ed.) et al., Reconceptualizing early mathematics learning. Dordrecht: Springer (ISBN 9789400764392/hbk; 9789400764408/ebook). Advances in Mathematics Education, 227251 (2013).
2013
Dordrecht: Springer
EN
U61
D41
picture books
kindergartners
book reading sessions
doi:10.1007/9789400764408_12
Summary: In this chapter we address the role of picture books in kindergartners' learning of mathematics. The chapter is based on various studies we carried out on this topic from different perspectives. All studies sought to provide insight into the power of picture books to contribute to the development of mathematical understanding by young children. We start the chapter with some background information about picture books as a didactical tool in mathematics education. Then, we discuss a framework of picture book characteristics that support young children's learning of mathematics. In the next section, we give a short impression of children's spontaneous mathematicsrelated utterances that occur during the reading of a picture book. This section is followed by a deeper look at the influence of the pictures in a picture book. Hereafter, the reading itself is the focus. Three book reading techniques are discussed and illustrated by classroom vignettes. Finally, based on an intervention program in which kindergartners were read a series of picture books, we report what we learned about the effectiveness of picture book reading on kindergartners' performance in mathematics.