AJEC Vol. 42 No. 3 – Supporting early mathematics learning in early childhood settings
Edith Cowan University
Despite a growing body of research that demonstrates young children have the capacity to learn mathematical concepts, early childhood educators are still strongly influenced by dated ideas that mathematics education should be delayed until formal schooling. Such attitudes are contributing to Australia’s poor rating of young children’s mathematics skills as compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Negative perceptions about mathematics as well as a lack of knowledge of curriculum content and pedagogy are major factors limiting mathematics experiences in the early years. This project employed a multi-site case study approach to investigate the teaching of mathematics in early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres and the impact of a professional development intervention on the type and frequency of mathematics experiences for children before starting formal schooling.