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Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v13 n3 p10-15 2008

Virtually all mathematics is based on pattern and structure. A mathematical "pattern" is any predictable regularity, usually involving numbers or space. In every pattern, the various elements are organised in some regular fashion. The way a pattern is organised is called its "structure," which may be numerical or spatial. In this article, the authors report on a teaching intervention aimed at developing young children's understanding of pattern and structure. They found that using an approach known as the "Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program" (PASMAP) facilitates the teaching and learning of isolated skills and enables the early abstraction and generalisation of ideas for young children in a way that promotes deep mathematical thinking. (Contains 9 figures and 1 table.)

Descriptors: Intervention, Kindergarten, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Pattern Recognition, Teaching Methods, Young Children, Elementary School Mathematics, Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries

Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail: office[at]aamt.edu.au; Web site: http://www.aamt.edu.au





Author: Mulligan, Joanne; Mitchelmore, Mike; Kemp, Coral; Marston, Jennie; Highfield, Kate

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2867&id=EJ818865



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