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Contemporary Research and Perspectives on Early Childhood Mathematics Education

  • Iliada Elia
  • Joanne Mulligan
  • Ann Anderson
  • Anna Baccaglini-Frank
  • Christiane Benz


  • Considers early childhood mathematics from an international perspective, presenting a broad range of articles by scholars from around the globe

  • Addresses current research trends, and advances the ongoing discussion about mathematics learning and teaching in early childhood

  • Represents a valuable contribution to the research field of mathematics education in early childhood


Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Iliada Elia, Joanne Mulligan, Ann Anderson, Anna Baccaglini-Frank, Christiane Benz
    Pages 1-14
  3. Pattern and Structure

  4. Number Sense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Gina Bojorque, Joke Torbeyns, Minna Hannula-Sormunen, Daniël Van Nijlen, Lieven Verschaffel
      Pages 69-86
    3. Sanne Rathé, Joke Torbeyns, Bert De Smedt, Minna M. Hannula-Sormunen, Lieven Verschaffel
      Pages 87-99
  5. Embodied Action and Context

  6. Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Herbert P. Ginsburg, Colleen Uscianowski, Ma. Victoria Almeda
      Pages 245-263
  7. Early Childhood Educators’ Professional Issues and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265

About this book


This book brings together a collection of research-based papers on current issues in early childhood mathematics education that were presented in the Topic Study Group 1 (TSG 1) at the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13), held at the University of Hamburg in 2016. It will help readers understand a range of key issues that early childhood mathematics educators encounter today. 

Research on early childhood mathematics education has grown in recent years, due in part to the well-documented, positive relation between children’s early mathematical knowledge and their later mathematics learning, and to the considerable emphasis many countries are now placing on preschool education. 

The book addresses a number of central questions, including: What is mathematical structural development and how can we promote it in early childhood? How can multimodality and embodiment contribute to early mathematics learning and to acquiring a better understanding of young children’s mathematical development? How can children’s informal mathematics-related experiences affect instruction and children’s learning in different mathematics content areas? What is the role of tools, including technology and picture books, in supporting early mathematics learning? What are the challenges in early childhood mathematics education for teachers’ education and professional development? 


Mathematics learning Mathematics teaching Early childhood learning Mathematical development in young children Teacher professional learning mathematics learning and teaching in early childhood

Editors and affiliations

  • Iliada Elia
    • 1
  • Joanne Mulligan
    • 2
  • Ann Anderson
    • 3
  • Anna Baccaglini-Frank
    • 4
  • Christiane Benz
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Faculty of Human SciencesMacquarie UniversityNorth Ryde, SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Curriculum and PedagogyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  5. 5.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Education KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Contemporary Research and Perspectives on Early Childhood Mathematics Education
  • Editors Iliada Elia
    Joanne Mulligan
    Ann Anderson
    Anna Baccaglini-Frank
    Christiane Benz
  • Series Title ICME-13 Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title ICME-13 Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-73431-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08788-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-73432-3
  • Series ISSN 2520-8322
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-8330
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 73 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Educational Technology
    Learning & Instruction
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