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The Impact on Learning When Families and Educators Act Together to Assist Young Children to Notice, Explore and Discuss Mathematics

  • Ann GervasoniEmail author
  • Bob Perry
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Abstract

Let’s Count is a new Australian early mathematics initiative that aims to promote positive mathematical experiences for young children (3–5 years) as part of families’ everyday activities. The 154 children who experienced Let’s Count in 2013 demonstrated noteworthy growth in their mathematical knowledge from the beginning of their preschool year to its end. On almost every measure, the Let’s Count cohort bettered the performance of the comparison groups, with some measures showing statistically significant differences. This suggests that educators and families working in partnership to assist young children to notice, explore and discuss the mathematics they encounter during everyday experiences had a positive effect on children’s construction of mathematics.

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Acknowledgement

Let’s Count was commissioned by The Smith Family and is supported by the Origin Foundation and developed in partnership with BlackRock Investment Management.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Charles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia

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