Journal article

Between the Red and Yellow Windows: A Fine-Grained Focus on Supporting Children's Spatial Thinking During Play

Karri Hedge, Caroline Cohrssen

SAGE OPEN | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

With the decline in Australian school children’s mathematics skills, the spotlight is shining on the quality of early childhood mathematics teaching and learning in the preschool years. Spatial thinking—which includes spatial orientation and spatial visualization—contributes to early mathematical thinking and children have the capacity to demonstrate abstract spatial concepts both verbally and nonverbally, yet may be overlooked in practice. This qualitative study analyses selected excerpts from a corpus of video data of 4- and 5-year-old children participating in a 6-week project designed to support children’s spatial thinking skills. A conversation analytic approach is taken to demonstrate ..

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