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An Evaluation of the pattern and structure mathematics awareness program in the early school years
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (34th : 2011) (3 - 7 July 2011 : Alice Springs, NT)
Clark, Julie; Kissane, Barry; Mousley, Judith; Spencer, Toby and Thornton, Steve. Mathematics: traditions and [new] practices : proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA Conference, held in Alice Springs, 3-7 July 2011, p.548-556
This paper reports a 2-year longitudinal study on the effectiveness of the Pattern and Structure Mathematical Awareness Program (PASMAP) on students’ mathematical development. The study involved 316 Kindergarten students in 17 classes from four schools in Sydney and Brisbane. The development of the PASA assessment interview and scale are presented. The intervention program provided explicit instruction in mathematical pattern and structure that enhanced the development of students’ spatial structuring, multiplicative reasoning, and emergent generalisations. This paper presents the initial findings of the impact of the PASMAP and illustrates students’ structural development.