Children building on success: mathematical problem solving in the early years


Voutsina, C. and Jones, K. (2005) Children building on success: mathematical problem solving in the early years. In, British Educational Research Association annual conference 2005 (BERA2005), University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK, 14 - 17 Sep 2005.

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This paper provides evidence of how children can build on their initial successful problem solving approaches in a way that promotes their creative thinking and triggers further learning. The findings come from a project that studied the process of change in 5-6 year old children’s successful problem solving approaches when tacking a multiple-step arithmetic task. Micro-developmental changes in children’s successful strategies were studied by closely observing children’s problem solving behaviour, during a sequence of sessions during which they engaged in solving the same form of addition task more than once, and after they had already been successful. Changes in successful problem solving behaviour were analysed using Karmiloff-Smith’s model of Representational Redescription (RR). The paper presents examples of different types of children’s organisational strategies and shows that children do move beyond success, and do introduce qualitative changes to their successful problem solving strategies.

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Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, arithmetic, problem solving, strategies, behaviour, behavior, primary, elementary, early years, representational redescription, concept, conceptual, procedure, procedural, understanding, change
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 41290
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41290

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