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Forging Connections in Early Mathematics Teaching and Learning

  • Virginia Kinnear
  • Mun Yee Lai
  • Tracey Muir

Part of the Early Mathematics Learning and Development book series (EMLD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Virginia Kinnear, Mun Yee Lai, Tracey Muir
    Pages 1-15
  3. Virginia Kinnear, Erich Ch. Wittmann
    Pages 17-35
  4. Camilla Björklund
    Pages 37-53
  5. Iliada Elia, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Athanasios Gagatsis
    Pages 73-95
  6. Allen Leung, Simon Hung
    Pages 139-154
  7. Gabrielle Oslington, Joanne T. Mulligan, Penny Van Bergen
    Pages 191-212
  8. Jennifer Young-Loveridge, Brenda Bicknell
    Pages 259-272

About this book


This edited book promotes thinking, dialogue, research and theorisation on multiple ways of making connections in mathematics teaching and learning in early childhood education. 

The book addresses some key challenges in research, policy and practice in early childhood mathematics education. It examines diverse ways for learning experiences to connect young children to mathematics, and the importance of forging connections between mathematics and young children’s lives as key elements in their engagement with mathematics.

Each chapter provides research or theoretical provocations and pedagogical implications for connecting children’s lived experiences and ways of learning in mathematics teaching. The chapters are drawn from a range of international authors who raise important ideas within the overall context of current research and consider the theoretical and practical implications of their research.

As such, the book advances current thinking on mathematics teaching and learning for children in the early years from birth to eight years with an emphasis on children aged birth to 5 years. It considers the purpose and value in connecting mathematics teaching and learning to children’s lives, and provides provocations for both educators and researchers on the many under-researched and under-represented aspects of early years mathematics teaching and learning.


Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics Connections in Mathematics Development of mathematical thinking in very young children Early Childhood Educators and mathematics Early Mathematical Education Informal Mathematics Kindergarten mathematics Mathematical teaching approaches Mathematically Founded Conceptions Mathematics and young children Mathematics education technology Metarepresentational Competence in Data Representation Preschool mathematics Toddlers and mathematics prior-to-school learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Virginia Kinnear
    • 1
  • Mun Yee Lai
    • 2
  • Tracey Muir
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education, College of Education, Psychology and Social WorkFlinders UniversityBedford ParkAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Education and Arts, School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Education, College of Arts, Law and EducationUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia

About the editors

Dr Virginia Kinnear is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Flinders University in South Australia. Her research interests include young children’s statistical learning and thinking, the development of critical and ethical thinking, and the intellectual attributes and processes that support mathematical engagement.

Mun Yee Lai is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Australian Catholic University. Her research interests are in pre-service teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, teaching for mathematisation, using variation theory, and Chinese primary-school children’s misconceptions in decimal numbers. 

Dr Tracey Muir is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests include effective teaching for numeracy, problem solving in mathematics, the use of ICT in mathematics, and parental involvement in mathematics education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forging Connections in Early Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • Editors Virginia Kinnear
    Mun Yee Lai
    Tracey Muir
  • Series Title Early Mathematics Learning and Development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Early Math. Learning, Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-7151-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5595-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-7153-9
  • Series ISSN 2213-9273
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-9281
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 284
  • Number of Illustrations 67 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Learning & Instruction
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