A snapshot of young children's mathematical competencies: results from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

MacDonald, Amy and Carmichael, Colin (2015) A snapshot of young children's mathematical competencies: results from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. In: 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA38): Mathematics Education in the Margins, 28 June - 2 July 2015, Sippy Downs, Australia.

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Abstract

This article presents a snapshot of the mathematical competencies of children aged four to five years in Australian early childhood education settings, as perceived by their educators. Data are presented from a nationally-representative sample of 6511 children participating in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). The results reveal that children are seen to possess a number of mathematical competencies at 4-5 years, with the majority of children displaying interest in mathematics. Moreover, differences were noted with respect to the different program types in which the children participated. These results are discussed in relation to previous research, and implications for future research, policy and practice are presented.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 02:20
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood, mathematics education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28222

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