Journal article

Assessing preschool children's maps against the first four levels of the primary curriculum: lessons to learn

Caroline Cohrssen, Catherine Pearn

MATHEMATICS EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

In Australia, more attention is being paid to inclusion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (the so-called STEM subjects) concepts in early childhood education and care curricula. In addition, the focus on the quality of learning in the years prior to school is a growing priority, evidenced by pre-election promises to extend the national policy of universal access to 15 hours of preschool for 4-year-old children, to include 3-year-old children. It should not be assumed that this necessarily implies a pushdown of formal curricula into play-based early learning settings. Here, we focus on the M in STEM and in particular on spatial thinking. Drawing on data from a broader study,..

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