Mathematics Birth to Eight Years

Convenors:

Oliver Thiel, Queen Maud University College, Norway
Bob Perry, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Purpose

The EECERA SIG Mathematics provides an academic and rigorous forum to develop and disseminate high quality research on early childhood mathematics education. It has organised stimulating and relevant symposia and other presentations at recent EECERA conferences. Some collaborative research, publication and evaluation have arisen as a result of people engaging with others at SIG meetings and during presentations. There is great potential for future collaborations, perhaps through joint publication in books and papers. The SIG Mathematics is a friendly group looking to expand in order to continue learning about early childhood mathematics education. Please join us.

Objectives

The EECERA SIG Mathematics aims to coordinate and disseminate international research on the discourse in the emerging early childhood mathematics education field. It creates a space for shared thinking and for creating synergies between participants from a wide range of professional and scientific contexts to encourage a clearer articulation and understanding of early childhood pedagogy, policy and practice in relation to mathematics.

Reports

Click here to view the 2019-20 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2018-19 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2017-18 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2016-17 report (pdf)
Click here to view the 2014-15 report (pdf)

News & Events

SIG Meeting

This year’s SIG meeting will be online on Monday 7th September 2020, 1400 hrs CEST. Please, contact Oliver Thiel if you want to join the meeting.

New book in the EECERA Praxis series

In 2019, the SIG worked on a joint research and book project for the EECERA book series ‘Towards an Ethical Praxis in Early Childhood’. The book will be published 1 September 2020 and is already available for pre-order: Thiel, O., Severina, E. & Perry, B. (Eds.). Mathematics in early childhood: Research, reflexive practice and innovative pedagogy. London: Routledge.

Best published paper award 2019

One paper from our special issue “Innovative Approaches in Early Childhood Mathematics” received the EECERA award for the best published paper in 2019. Congratulations Franziska Vogt, Bernhard Hauser, Rita Stebler, Karin Rechsteiner, and Christa Urech for your paper “Learning through play – pedagogy and learning outcomes in early childhood mathematics“! The paper is open access. Thus, you can read the paper for free at Taylor & Francis Online.

The latest EECERA conference

At the 29th EECERA Annual Conference in Thessaloniki, we had three self-organised symposia

  • A10 “Mathematics in early childhood: Reflexive praxis leading to innovative pedagogy”
  • B11 “Pedagogical Understandings that Promote Children’s own Mathematics”
  • E19 “The importance of language and values in young children’s mathematics learning”
EFLEXIVE PRAXIS LEADING TO INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

From left to right: Maria Figueiredo (presenter), Oliver Thiel (presenter and editor), Camilla Normann Justnes (chair) and Bob Perry (presenter and editor) presented our book project in symposium A10

PED talks

At the 29th EECERA Annual Conference in Thessaloniki, Kelly Johnston had a PED Talk (Pedagogical TED Talk) about mathematics in the lives of infants and toddlers. You can watch it on YouTube.

At the 28th EECERA Annual Conference in Budapest, Oliver Thiel had a PED Talk (Pedagogical TED Talk) about early childhood mathematics. You can watch it on YouTube. Full text of the talk is available on ResearchGate.

SIG meeting

At the SIG meeting, we proceeded our work on the book project. The book will be published in Spring 2020 in the EECERA book series “Towards an Ethical Praxis in Early Childhood”. It aims to highlight pedagogic praxis in order to demonstrate how our academic knowledge can be used to develop and improve the quality of early mathematics education. We received ten vignettes – narratives that present situations where young children experience mathematics in ECEC settings. Each vignette will be commented on by researchers and practitioners from different cultural backgrounds. Currently, the manuscript is under peer review.

If you are interested, please, contact Oliver Thiel.

Activities & Publications

2019

  • We organised three self-organised symposia and had a PED Talk at the EECERA conference in Thessaloniki in 2019:
    1. Symposium A10: Mathematics in early childhood: Reflexive praxsis leading to innovative pedagogy
      Chair: Camilla Normann Justnes

        • Presenter 1: Oliver Thiel
          Reflexive praxis leading to innovative early childhood mathematics
        • Presenter 2: Bob Perry and Oliver Thiel
          Harry’s Line Work
        • Presenter 3: Maria Figueiredo
          The power of play: Cowboys, measuring tapes and the construction of meanings by children
    2. Symposium B11: Pedagogical understandings that promote children’s own mathematics
      Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Elizabeth Carruthers
          Moving from an adult orientated perspective to a child-centred model of early mathematics pedagogy
        • Presenter 2: Maulfry Worthington
          The cultural transmission of mathematical signs: Child’s play
        • Presenter 3: Silje Christiansen
          Multilingual children’s participation in mathematical activities
    3. Symposium E19: The importance of language and values in young children’s mathematical learning
      Chair: Kelly Johnston

        • Presenter 1: Kelly Johnston
          More than ‘more’: Mathematical language in snack-time conversations with toddlers
        • Presenter 2: Camilla Normann Justnes
          How Norwegian preschool teachers make sense of talk moves: A case study
        • Presenter 3: Dorota Lembrér
          Mathematics at home: Parents’ views on children’s mathematics learning and development
    4. PED Talk: Starting at the beginning: Mathematics in the lives of infants and toddlers
      Presenter: Kelly Johnston

2018

    1. Symposium: Mathematics Birth to Eight Years SIG Symposium
      Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Doris Drexl
          Teaching ECEC students to support children in learning mathematics
        • Presenter 2: Elin Kirsti Lie Reikerås
          Gender differences in mathematics in toddler and preschool age
        • Presenter 3: Bob Perry and Sue Dockett
          Noticing preschool children’s engagement with powerful mathematical ideas
    2. PED Talk: Let’s play mathematics!
      Presenter: Oliver Thiel

2017

      • We organised four self-organised Symposia for the EECERA conference in Bologna in 2017:
      1. Title: Mathematics education in early childhood
        Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Sue Dockett and Bob Perry
          The place of proximal processes in young children’s mathematical learning
        • Presenter 2: Maulfry Worthington
          Mathematisation and agency in early childhood
        • Presenter 3: Maria Figueiredo
          Arithmetical operations in early childhood education: its kid’s play
      2. Title: Mathematics in transition to school
        Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Camilla Norman Justnes
          Continuity in mathematics in the transition from kindergarten to school in Norway
        • Presenter 2: Wendy Goff
          Adult relationships that support the mathematical learning of children making the transition to school
        • Presenter 3: Oliver Thiel
          Early childhood teacher students’ mathematics anxiety
      3. Title: Early childhood teachers’ thoughts about mathematics
        Chair: Chrystalla Papademetri

        • Presenter 1: Elizabeth Dunphy
          Factors influencing preservice teachers’ choices of picture book for mathematics learning in early childhood
        • Presenter 2: Pamela Moffett
          ECEC teachers’ views on abstract representation in mathematics
        • Presenter 3: Elizabeth Carruthers
          Really Listening to Children’s Voices in Mathematics – Levels of Teacher Understanding and the Pedagogical Implications
      4. Title: The Big Idea Approach
        Chair: Chrystalla Papademetri

        • Presenter 1: Marianna Efstathiadou
          Be a skilled observer and a reflective thinker: Helping prospective early childhood teachers to plan their mathematical activities through analysing children’s play
        • Presenter 2: Andrea Eliadou
          Teaching Mathematical Concepts VS “Triggering”, as opportunity to learning and teaching, through the “Big Idea approach”: Attempt at designing mathematical activities with young learners
        • Presenter 3: Chrystalla Papademetri
          Stories of young children ‘cycling around’ mathematical ideas against the fragmentation of knowledge

2016

      • We organised two self-organised Symposia for the EECERA conference in Dublin 2016:
      1. Title: We Talk about Mathematics in Early Childhood
        Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Sue Dockett
          Young children noticing their own mathematics in play
        • Presenter 2: Pamela Moffett
          Promoting early number talk – Evaluating the impact on professional practice
      2. Title: Innovative Approaches in Early Childhood Mathematics
        Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Liz Dunphy
          Picture-books as pedagogical tools for supporting mathematics learning in early childhood
        • Presenter 2: Oliver Thiel
          Young children explore a mathematics room
        • Presenter 3: Marianna Efstathiadou, Andrea Eliadou and Chrystalla Papademetri
          Supporting early childhood teachers to redefine learning through creative learning and play concerning mathematics

2015

      • We organised two self-organised Symposia for the EECERA conference in Barcelona 2015:
      1. Title: Early Childhood Mathematics
        Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Kerstin Bäckman
          Play and Everyday Mathematics in Preschool
        • Presenter 2: Bob Perry
          Preschool educators working with parents to help children notice their mathematics
        • Presenter 3: Oliver Thiel
          Early childhood teacher students’ beliefs about mathematics
      2. Title: Mathematizing in early childhood
        Chair: Oliver Thiel

        • Presenter 1: Liz Dunphy
          Mathematical Thinking Processes: Supporting Children’s Engagement at the Transition to School
        • Presenter 2: Gabriella Gejard
          Children’s and teachers’ interaction in mathematical activities in a Swedish preschool
        • Presenter 3: Oliver Thiel
          A room for mathematics in early childhood

2014

    • SIG meeting at EECERA conference in Crete 2014;
    • collated a list of contact addresses to enable participants to pursue points of discussion raised at that meeting;
    • started a Google-drive, Facebook-group, and LinkedIn-group to exchange information and documents;

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