Category Archives: Understanding numeracy

NZ puzzles

Just a note on who makes those wooden puzzles with Maori and Pacific themes: http://puzzles4education.co.nz/ 

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On being a mathematician and telling good math stories

George Gadanidis writes: “Looking in the mirror of society to explain why children cannot be (or would not want to be) mathematicians, we might see two unflattering images: “math sucks” and mathematicians are geeks”. Of course, mathematics is beautiful and mathematicians are … Continue reading

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wonderfully imaginative maths educationist, George Gadanidis

I just had this “wonderfully imaginative maths educationist, George Gadanidis” recommended to me – apparently he makes use of both narrative and metaphor in primary maths education. His website is certainly full of material… http://www.joyofx.com/ In his article, I Heard … Continue reading

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Shape and Structure – Dale Tunnicliffe

Still working with Dale Tunnicliffe’s Talking and Doing Science in the Early Years: A practical guide for ages 2-7. … According to her: “All things have a shape, sometimes as a result of the material from which they are made. Shapes … Continue reading

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Numeracy and Literacy concepts

In their book, Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice (2007), (designed to help educators improve their abilities to develop young children’s numeracy and literacy), Fleer and Raban make some of the following comments about numeracy and literacy (with regards to … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice

This short book (Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy: Building Good Practice, by Marilyn Fleer and Bridie Raban, 2007) was in my nephew’s nursery and it’s really well written! easy to read; makes sense; doesn’t rely on jargon… accessible by parents, I think … Continue reading

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Gender math and science – research

Two articles in the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly caught my eye: 1 Gender Stereotypes about Mathematics and Science and Self-Perceptions of Ability in Late Childhood and Early Adolescence Beth Kurtz-Costes,      Stephanie J. Rowley,     April Harris-Britt,    Taniesha A. Woods From: Merrill-Palmer Quarterly Volume … Continue reading

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So what is Science?

“We live in a world where science and technology are central to our lives, but often remote from our understanding.” ~ Paul Callaghan (p.11) “So what is science?” Professor Sir Paul Callaghan asks; “I like Lewis Wolpert’s view the best. … Continue reading

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How children learn maths and theories of number development

“A predominant focus of mathematics in early years’ contexts is the development of an understanding of number. The literature identifies two theories of number development (e.g. Gelman & Gallistel, 1978). The first of these stresses the role of counting. This theory is grounded on the … Continue reading

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Western mathematics is not the only mathematics

“Western mathematics is the dominant form of mathematics most people learn in contemporary schools. Until 15 years ago it was assumed that this mathematics was culture-free knowledge (Bishop, 1990). As Bishop says, many argued that two plus two equals four is a universal truth … Continue reading

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