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

News & Events

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.

At this conference, the SIG Mathematics Birth to Eight Years had a successful symposium with Doris Drexl, Elin Reikerås and Bob Perry. Oliver Thiel was the chair.

Picture from the SIG Mathematics Symposium 2018

From left to right: Bob Perry (presenter), Sue Dockett, Doris Drexl (presenter), Oliver Thiel (chair) and Elin Reikerås (presenter)

 

At the SIG meeting, we proceeded our work on the book project. We want to publish a book in the EECERA book series “Towards an Ethical Praxis in Early Childhood”. The book 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. It will contain ten vignettes – narratives that present situations where young children experience mathematics in ECEC settings. Each vignette will be commented by researchers and practicitioners. We are looking for experts with varied backgrounds (in terms of culture, education and experience), who want to contribute commentaries.

If you are interested, please, contact Oliver Thiel.

Activities & Publications

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;