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Picture books stimulate the learning of mathematics

van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja, van den Boogaard, Sylvia and Doig, Brian 2009, Picture books stimulate the learning of mathematics, Australian journal of early childhood, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 30-39.

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Title Picture books stimulate the learning of mathematics
Author(s) van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja
van den Boogaard, Sylvia
Doig, Brian
Journal name Australian journal of early childhood
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 30
End page 39
Total pages 10
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 0312-5033
Summary In this article we describe our experiences using picture books to provide young children (five- to six-year-olds) with a learning environment where they can explore and extend preliminary notions of mathematics-related concepts, without being taught these concepts explicitly. We gained these experiences in the PICO-ma project, which aimed to generate more knowledge about the effect of picture books on young children's learning of mathematics. The project's goal is to investigate how picture books can contribute to the development of mathematical concepts in young children, and how the actions of the teacher can strengthen the characteristics of picture books that support learning. The reading sessions described in this article were not intended to be mathematics 'lessons'. Instead, the reading sessions were intended to tell the children a pleasant story and, at the same time, give them something to think about. Based on our research we provide reasons for using picture books to develop mathematical thinking, and include recommendations for practitioners interested in using picture books for mathematics learning.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021539

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