How is it that learning mathematics in the early years can become so difficult? a post-structuralist analysis

Klein, Mary (2007) How is it that learning mathematics in the early years can become so difficult? a post-structuralist analysis. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8 (4). pp. 313-319.

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Abstract

New times demand new interpretations of what it means to be numerate in a global world. Policy and curriculum documents uphold notions of capable young learners, actively engaged in investigative learning processes that will carry them on to competent and confident participation in the social and economic world of tomorrow. However, as the author attempts to show in this post-structuralist analysis, active learning processes do not always achieve the envisaged aims; subconsciously, teachers hold on to traditional notions of learners and learning mathematics that, in practice, eclipse their best intentions. Even in the early years of schooling the process of learning mathematics becomes difficult when the new becomes the old, and tired old teaching practices and relationships prevail.

Item ID: 2781
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: poststructuralism; learning mathematics; early childhood
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Originally published in Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (2007, Vol.8, Issue 4)

ISSN: 1463-9491
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2009 07:00
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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