Mathematics and Transition to School

International Perspectives

  • Bob Perry
  • Amy MacDonald
  • Ann Gervasoni

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Mathematics Young Children Bring to the First Year of School

  3. Continuity of Mathematics Curriculum and/or Pedagogy as Children Begin School

  4. Informal and Formal Mathematics and the Transition to School

About this book


This edited book brings together for the first time an international collection of work focused on  two important aspects of any young child’s life – learning mathematics and starting primary or elementary school. The chapters take a variety of perspectives, and integrate these two components in sometimes explicit and sometimes more subtle ways.

The key issues and themes explored in this book are:

  • the mathematical and other strengths that all participants in the transition to school bring to this period of a child’s life;
  • the opportunities provided by transition to school for young children’s mathematics learning;
  • the importance of partnerships among adults, and among adults and children, for effective school transitions and mathematics learning and teaching;
  • the critical impact of expectations on their mathematics learning as children start school;
  • the importance of providing children with meaningful, challenging and relevant mathematical experiences throughout transition to school;
  • the entitlement of children and educators to experience assessment and instructional pedagogies that match the strengths of the learners and the teachers;
  • the importance for the aspirations of children, families, communities, educators and educational organisations to be recognised as legitimate and key determinants of actions, experiences and successes in both transition to school and mathematics learning; and
  • the belief that young children are powerful mathematics learners who can demonstrate this power as they start school.

In each chapter, authors reflect on their work in the area of mathematics and transition to school, place that work within the overall context of research in these fields, predict the trajectory of this work in the future, and consider the implications of the work both theoretically and practically.


Contexts for mathematics learning Diverse mathematics learners Early childhood education Early childhood learning Early childhood mathematics curriculum Early childhood pedagogy Early childhood teacher professional development Early years education Informal mathematics Learning mathematics in prior to school settings Mathematical language Mathematics education Mathematics education in early childhood Mathematics education in the early years Mathematics teacher education Numeracy education Pre-school mathematics education Transition to school Young children’s dispositions to learning mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Bob Perry
    • 1
  • Amy MacDonald
    • 2
  • Ann Gervasoni
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-214-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-215-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-9273
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-9281
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