The Growth of early mathematical patterning : an intervention study
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (30th : 2007) (2 - 6 July 2007 : Hobart)
Watson, Jane and Beswick, Kim. Mathematics: essential research, essential practice : proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, Tasmania, 2--6 July 2007, Vol. 2, p.591-600
A case study monitored the development of 53 preschoolers’ mathematical patterning skills in two similar preschools, one of which implemented a 6-month Intervention promoting patterning concepts. Pre- and post-Intervention assessment data and follow-up data evaluated the impact of the Intervention on the growth of Repeating and Spatial Patterns. Intervention children outperformed Non-Intervention children across a range of patterning tasks and this trend was maintained 12 months after formal schooling. Intervention children readily identified the unit of repeat and the structure of spatial patterns. Without exposure to Growing Patterns, intervention children identified, extended, represented and justified triangular and squared number patterns.
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