Swedish preschools, play and the learning of mathematics

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Swedish preschools, play and the learning of mathematics
Author(s) Lange, Troels ; Meaney, Tamsin ; Riesbeck, Eva ; Wernberg, Anna
Date 2012
Editor(s) Bergsten, Christer; Jablonka, Eva; Raman, Manya
English abstract
Recently, attention has been focussed on the mathematics learnt in preschools and how this contributes to children’s subsequent learning in schools. This paper explores the dilemma of trying to increase preschool children’s learning of mathematics, whilst allowing their play to guide that learning. In Sweden, the revised curriculum for preschools specifies more mathematics to be covered. Yet, like other countries, Sweden traditionally has seen preschools as places where learning arises from children’s play. We suggest two avenues for further research that would contribute information to increasing the likelihood of play supporting mathematics learning.
Publisher Svensk Förening för Matmematikdidaktisk Forskning
Host/Issue Evaluation and comparison of mathematical achievement : dimensions and perspectives : proceedings of MADIF;8
ISBN 978-91-973934-8-5
Pages 141-150
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) mathematics education
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note Åttonde matematikdidaktiska forskningsseminariet med SMDF, Umeå, 24-25 januari 2012
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15450 (link to this page)
Link http://www.mai.liu.se/SMDF/madif8/ (external link to related web page)

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