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Children Representing their Mathematics

Children Representing their Mathematics

Children representing their mathematics
Clare Wiseman

Chapter Overview

In this chapter you can read about:

  • How children begin to understand that mathematical thinking can be represented
  • Progression in children's representation of mathematical thinking
  • How children can be encouraged to represent and record their mathematical thinking
  • How adults can interpret young children's mathematical representations.

Mathematical Communication

The work of socio-constructivists Vygotsky (1986) and Bruner (1990) has shown that an important part of learning is interaction between the learner and others. Such interaction requires communication and negotiation; this may take the form of actions, spoken language or written language which provides symbols for understanding ideas and concepts. This chapter is concerned with how the written language of mathematics can be nurtured and developed in young children.

Like any other language, mathematics ...

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