A snapshot of young children's mathematical competencies: results from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

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MacDonald, Amy and Carmichael, Colin. 2015. "A snapshot of young children's mathematical competencies: results from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children." Marshman, Margaret, Geiger, Vince and Bennison, Anne (ed.) 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA38). Sippy Downs, Australia 28 Jun - 02 Jul 2015 Adelaide, Australia.
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A snapshot of young children's mathematical competencies: results from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsMacDonald, Amy (Author) and Carmichael, Colin (Author)
EditorsMarshman, Margaret, Geiger, Vince and Bennison, Anne
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA38)
ERA Conference ID50230
Number of Pages8
Year2015
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.merga.net.au/node/38?year=2015
Conference/Event38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA38)
Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
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38th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA38)
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Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
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In person
Event Date
28 Jun 2015 to end of 02 Jul 2015
Event Location
Sippy Downs, Australia
Event Details
Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
MERGA
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (MERGA)
Abstract

This article presents a snapshot of the mathematical competencies of children aged four to five years in Australian early childhood education settings, as perceived by their educators. Data are presented from a nationally-representative sample of 6511 children participating in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). The results reveal that children are seen to possess a number of mathematical competencies at 4-5 years, with the majority of children displaying interest in mathematics. Moreover, differences were noted with respect to the different program types in which the children participated. These results are discussed in relation to previous research, and implications for future research, policy and practice are presented.

Keywordsearly childhood, mathematics education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsCharles Sturt University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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