Case Studies of Children's Development of Structure in Early Mathematics: a Two-year Longitudinal Study

Abstract

Two-year longitudinal case studies of 16 Sydney children extended a study of 103 first graders' use of structure across a range of mathematical tasks. We describe how individual's representations change through five stages of structural development. Children at the pre-structural stage showed inconsistent development presenting disorganised representations and incoherent mathematical ideas. High achievers progressed to a more advanced stage of structural development depicted by an increased level of abstraction.

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@inproceedings{Mulligan2006CaseSO, title={Case Studies of Children's Development of Structure in Early Mathematics: a Two-year Longitudinal Study}, author={Joanne T. Mulligan and Michael C. Mitchelmore and Anne Prescott}, year={2006} }