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Engaging Families as Children's First Mathematics Educators


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Introduction.- Chapter 1 Engaging families as the first mathematics educators of children.- Key foci and pedagogical actions that support young children's mathematics learning.- Chapter 2 Describing the mathematical intentions of early learning childhood experiences.- Chapter 3 Mathematics with infants and toddlers.- Chapter 4 Enumeration: Counting difficulties are not always related to numbers.- Chapter 5 Discerning and supporting the development of mathematical fundamentals in early years.- Chapter 6 Number stories.- Home interactions and learning experiences that support early mathematical learning.- Chapter 7 Meta-Analysis of the relationship between Home and Family experiences and Young children's early numeracy learning.- Chapter 8 Parental perceptions of access to capitals and early mathematical learning: Some early insights from Numeracy@Home project.- Chapter 9 Involving parents in games and picture books.- Chapter 10 Do Hong Kong parents engage in learning activities conducive to preschool children's mathematics development?.- Family and educator partnerships that support early mathematical learning.- Chapter 11 Working with parents to promote preschool children's numeracy: Teachers' attitudes and beliefs.- Chapter 12 Bringing families and preschool educators together to support young children's learning through noticing, exploring and talking about Mathematics.- Chapter 13 Supporting early mathematics learning: Building mathematical capital through participating in early years swimming.- Chapter 14 Fostering children's everyday mathematical knowledge through caregiver participation in Support Playgroups in Schools.- Conclusion.- Chapter 15 Insights for engaging families as the first mathematics educators of children.

About the Author

Sivanes Phillipson is Associate Professor of Family Studies at the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Sivanes has diverse international experience and knowledge base in the broad field of measurements and systems approaches to families and education, with expertise in large data set analysis and modeling. Her current projects include an Australian Research Council funded project on numeracy learning at home and a nation wide survey on family perspectives around educational resources.
Ann Gervasoni
is Associate Professor of Numeracy at the Faculty of Education, Monash University in Melbourne. Ann has worked in educational research, teacher education, professional learning and primary teaching for 35 years. She was a member of the research team for the Australian Early Numeracy Research Project (1999-2001) in Victoria, and research director for the Bridging the Numeracy Gap project in Western Australia and Victoria (2009-2010). Ann's research and scholarship focus on mathematics education in early childhood and primary education, mathematics intervention approaches for students who are mathematically at-risk, and community approaches for supporting the learning of those most vulnerable in our community.
Peter Sullivan, originally a teacher of mathematics, is currently Emeritus Professor at Monash University. He has extensive experience in research and teaching in teacher education. He was a member of the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2005 to 2008, and was an editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education for 8 years. He is a past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, author of the Shape Paper and lead writer of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.


"This book geminated from an early childhood numeracy project in Australia titled Numeracy@Home. ... As a mathematics teacher educator I found this book rich in material that I can use to inform my pre-service teachers' appreciation of the earliest mathematical experiences of the children they will teach. ... the volume should be of interest to mathematics teacher educators. ... The book contains many activities and references to common materials and games that can be effortlessly incorporated into daily family activities." (Katherine Safford-Ramus, MAA Reviews, October, 2017)

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