Early Mathematics Learning and Development

Mathematics and Transition to School

International Perspectives

Editors: Perry, Robert, MacDonald, Amy, Gervasoni, Ann (Eds.)

  • The first edited international research book to consider mathematics and transition to school in tandem
  • A wide selection of highly credentialed and well-respected chapter authors from across the globe
  • Provides researchers, educators and policy makers with access to key international research, scholarship and directions in the fields of mathematics and young children’s transition to school
  • An important text for use in preparing early childhood/primary teachers and conducting early childhood/primary education research
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About this book

This edited book brings together for the first time an international collection of work focused on  two important aspects of any young child’s life – learning mathematics and starting primary or elementary school. The chapters take a variety of perspectives, and integrate these two components in sometimes explicit and sometimes more subtle ways.

The key issues and themes explored in this book are:

  • the mathematical and other strengths that all participants in the transition to school bring to this period of a child’s life;
  • the opportunities provided by transition to school for young children’s mathematics learning;
  • the importance of partnerships among adults, and among adults and children, for effective school transitions and mathematics learning and teaching;
  • the critical impact of expectations on their mathematics learning as children start school;
  • the importance of providing children with meaningful, challenging and relevant mathematical experiences throughout transition to school;
  • the entitlement of children and educators to experience assessment and instructional pedagogies that match the strengths of the learners and the teachers;
  • the importance for the aspirations of children, families, communities, educators and educational organisations to be recognised as legitimate and key determinants of actions, experiences and successes in both transition to school and mathematics learning; and
  • the belief that young children are powerful mathematics learners who can demonstrate this power as they start school.

In each chapter, authors reflect on their work in the area of mathematics and transition to school, place that work within the overall context of research in these fields, predict the trajectory of this work in the future, and consider the implications of the work both theoretically and practically.

About the authors

Bob Perry is Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education and the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Bob’s research interests include powerful mathematics ideas in preschool and the first years of school; ethical tensions in researching with children; curriculum continuity as children start school; and starting school within families with complex support needs. Bob has published extensively in journals and books with his latest edited publication entitled Transitions to School: International Research, Policy and Practice released by Springer in 2013.

Amy MacDonald is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in the School of Education and the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Amy’s research explores the mathematics experiences and education of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children in the early years of primary school; transitions in children’s mathematics education; and the contexts in which children develop mathematical understandings. Amy has received a number of awards for her work in these areas, including the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Early Career Award in 2011.

Ann Gervasoni is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Australian Catholic University, Ballarat, Australia. Ann has worked in teacher education, teacher professional learning and primary education for 32 years. Ann was a member of the research team for the Early Numeracy Research Project (1999-2001) in Victoria, Australia and research director of the Bridging the Numeracy Gap in Low SES and Aboriginal Communities project in Western Australia and Victoria (2009-2011). Ann’s research focuses on mathematics education in early childhood and primary education, mathematics learning difficulties, and community approaches for supporting the learning of those most vulnerable in our community.

Reviews

“Bob Perry, Amy MacDonald, and Ann Gervasoni present various international viewpoints on two important aspects of every child’s life: learning mathematics and starting primary or elementary school. … This book offers a great selection of viewpoints on how early childhood students enter into school and the various techniques used to teach and learn mathematics. … this book being read and appreciated by a wide variety of teachers and administrators.” (Peter Olszewski, MAA Reviews, April, 2015)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Mathematics and Transition to School: Theoretical Frameworks and Practical Implications

    Perry, Bob (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Swimming Upstream in a Torrent of Assessment

    Wager, Anita A. (et al.)

    Pages 15-30

  • Assessing Young Children’s Mathematical Understanding: Opportunities and Expectations at the Transition to School

    Clarke, Barbara

    Pages 31-45

  • Children’s Mathematical Knowledge Prior to Starting School and Implications for Transition

    Gervasoni, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 47-64

  • Transition to School: Prior to School Mathematical Skills and Knowledge of Low-Achieving Children at the End of Grade 1

    Peter-Koop, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 65-83

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-287-215-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-287-214-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 18, 2016
  • ISBN 978-981-10-1219-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics and Transition to School
Book Subtitle
International Perspectives
Editors
  • Robert Perry
  • Amy MacDonald
  • Ann Gervasoni
Series Title
Early Mathematics Learning and Development
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-287-215-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-287-215-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-287-214-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-1219-8
Series ISSN
2213-9273
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 330
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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