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Preschool children's collective mathematical reasoning during free outdoor play
Dalama Univ, Sch Educ Hlth & Social Studies, S-79188 Falun, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. Uppsala Univ, Dept Educ, Uppsala, Sweden..
2015 (English)In: Journal of Mathematical Behavior, ISSN 0732-3123, E-ISSN 1873-8028, Vol. 39, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper illustrates how young children (age 1-5) use mathematical properties in collective reasoning during free outdoor play. The analysis of three episodes is presented. The results from the analysis of the argumentation show that the children used a variation of mathematical products and procedures, to challenge, support and drive the reasoning forward. When needed, they utilise concrete materials to illustrate and strengthen their arguments, and as an aid in order to reach conclusions. The children also use abstract social constructs, such as jokes, as part of their reasoning. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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2015. Vol. 39, 1-10 p.
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Mathematical reasoning, Play, Preschool children, Sense making
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Didactics Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304582DOI: 10.1016/j.jmathb.2015.03.006ISI: 000362295700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304582DiVA: diva2:1034770
Available from: 2016-10-13 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2016-10-13Bibliographically approved

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