Mathematical Learning and Cognition in Early Childhood

Integrating Interdisciplinary Research into Practice

  • Katherine M. Robinson
  • Helena P. Osana
  • Donna Kotsopoulos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Infancy and Preschool

  3. The Beginnings of Formal Schooling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Donna Kotsopoulos, Lisa Floyd, Vivian Nelson, Samantha Makosz
      Pages 79-90
    3. Nore Wijns, Joke Torbeyns, Bert De Smedt, Lieven Verschaffel
      Pages 139-161
  4. The Elementary School Years

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Katherine M. Robinson
      Pages 165-185
    3. Adam K. Dubé, Sabrina Shajeen Alam, Chu Xu, Run Wen, Gulsah Kacmaz
      Pages 223-248
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-274

About this book


This book explores mathematical learning and cognition in early childhood from interdisciplinary perspectives, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and education. It examines how infants and young children develop numerical and mathematical skills, why some children struggle to acquire basic abilities, and how parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators can promote early mathematical development. The first section of the book focuses on infancy and toddlerhood with a particular emphasis on the home environment and how parents can foster early mathematical skills to prepare their children for formal schooling. The second section examines topics in preschool and kindergarten, such as the development of counting procedures and principles, the use of mathematics manipulatives in instruction, and the impacts of early intervention. The final part of the book focuses on particular instructional approaches in the elementary school years, such as different additive concepts, schema-based instruction, and methods of division. Chapters analyze the ways children learn to think about, work with, and master the language of mathematical concepts, as well as provide effective approaches to screening and intervention.

Included among the topics:

  • The relationship between early gender differences and future mathematical learning and participation.
  • The connection between mathematical and computational thinking.
  • Patterning abilities in young children.
  • Supporting children with learning difficulties and intellectual disabilities.
  • The effectiveness of tablets as elementary mathematics education tools.                           

Mathematical Learning and Cognition in Early Childhood is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and professionals in infancy and early childhood development, child and school psychology, neuroscience, mathematics education, educational psychology, and social work.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Katherine M. Robinson
    • 1
  • Helena P. Osana
    • 2
  • Donna Kotsopoulos
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada
  2. 2.Department of EducationConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsWilfred Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada

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