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Under threes' mathematical learning
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2015 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807, Vol. 23, no 1, 43-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article focuses on mathematics for toddlers in preschool, with the aim of challenging a strong learning discourse that mainly focuses on cognitive learning. By devoting more attention to other perspectives on learning, the hope is to better promote children's early mathematical development. Sweden is one of few countries to have a curriculum for preschool, which includes a provision of promoting children's mathematical learning. What then might mathematics be to these young children? The article is based on a pilot study in which 13 one- to three-year-old preschool children were observed in play situations. The results show that children often use their bodies as a tool for understanding mathematical concepts. These results are interesting as the body has been virtually invisible in previous research on toddlers and mathematics. The results have been analysed with inspiration from theories that open up for new ways of understanding the learning subject.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 23, no 1, 43-54 p.
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preschool, toddlers, mathematics, children's perspective, bodily learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30476DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2014.970855ISI: 000349684200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-30476DiVA: diva2:668481
Available from: 2013-11-30 Created: 2013-11-30 Last updated: 2016-10-14Bibliographically approved

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