
05945716
j
2011e.00234
Mitchelmore, Michael C.
Papic, Marina M.
Mulligan, Joanne T.
Assessing the development of preschoolers' mathematical patterning.
J. Res. Math. Educ. 42, No. 3, 237268 (2011).
2011
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
C31
F21
intervention
preschool children
preschool education
mathematical concepts
spatial ability
multiplication
thinking skills
http://www.nctm.org/eresources/article_summary.asp?URI=JRME201105237a&from=B
Summary: The development of patterning strategies during the year prior to formal schooling was studied in 53 children from 2 similar preschools. One preschool implemented a 6month intervention focusing on repeating and spatial patterns. Children from the intervention group demonstrated greater understanding of unit of repeat and spatial structuring, and most were also able to extend and explain growing patterns 1 year later. The findings indicate a fundamental link between patterning and multiplicative reasoning through the development of composite units. (Contains 8 tables, 5 footnotes, and 10 figures.) (ERIC)