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Mathematics in Early Childhood
Research, Reflexive Practice and Innovative Pedagogy

ISBN 9780367370503
Published November 6, 2020 by Routledge
230 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Structured around Bishop’s six fundamental mathematical activities, this book brings together examples of mathematics education from a range of countries to help readers broaden their view on maths and its interrelationship to other aspects of life.

Considering different educational traditions and diverse contexts, and illustrating theory through the use of real-life vignettes throughout, this book encourages readers to review, reflect on, and critique their own practice when conducting activities on explaining, counting, measuring, locating, designing, and playing.

Aimed at early childhood educators and practitioners looking to improve the mathematics learning experience for all their students, this practical and accessible guide provides the knowledge and tools to help every child.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Tony Bertram and Chris Pascal

Chapter 1 Reflexivity and early childhood mathematics education: Applying Bishop’s universality to vignettes of young children’s learning

Bob Perry, Oliver Thiel and Elena Severina

Part 1 Explaining

Chapter 2 ‘One potato, two potatoes…’: Mathematics in an outdoor setting

Elin Reikerås, Trude Hoel, Børge Iversen and Aljoscha Jakob Jegodtka

Part 2 Counting

Chapter 3 ‘Even bigger than this world’: Young children thinking about numbers through their mathematical graphics

Elizabeth Carruthers, Alf Coles and Janet Rose

Chapter 4 ‘Let’s roll the dice’: Exploring amounts, counting, transcoding and the investigation of invariance and variance

Aljoscha Jakob Jegodtka, Lilith Schechner and Kelly Johnston

Part 3 Measuring

Chapter 5 Harry’s line work

Bob Perry, Sue Dockett, Elspeth Harley, Sonya Joseph, Marie Hage and Oliver Thiel

Chapter 6 ‘It’s a lot of work’: A tailor’s measuring tape in the dollhouse

Maria Figueiredo, Luis Menezes, Helena Gomes, Ana Patrícia Martins, António Ribeiro, Myriam Marchese, Isabel Soares and Lynne Zhang

Part 4 Locating

Chapter 7 Fantastic Mr Fox

Anne Hj. Nakken, Camilla N. Justnes, Oda Bjerknes and Simone Dunekacke

Chapter 8 Ghost stairs and a ghost tree

Elena Severina, Andreas Lade and Zoi Nikiforidou

Part 5 Designing

Chapter 9 Building bridges between maths and arts

Lucía Casal de la Fuente, Carol Gillanders, Rosa María Vicente Álvarez and Camilla N. Justnes

Chapter 10 Geometry learning of children in digital activities

Ahmet Sami Konca, Sema Baydilli and Elena Severina

Part 6 Playing

Chapter 11 ‘This is the safe. It has a number and no one else knows it’: Playing with mathematics

Maulfry Worthington, Elizabeth Carruthers and Lone Hattingh

Part 7 Conclusion

Chapter 12 Reaping the benefits of reflexive research and practice in early childhood mathematics education: Continuing the conversation

Oliver Thiel, Elena Severina and Bob Perry


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Oliver Thiel is Associate Professor at Queen Maud University College for Early Childhood Education, Norway.

Elena Severina is Associate Professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway.

Bob Perry is Emeritus Professor, Charles Sturt University, Australia.


"This relevant and timely book situates research and practice in the field of early childhood education. Its international context demonstrates the power of collaborative study and writing. The mathematical content is structured by using Bishop’s six universal activities. Connecting these mathematical ideas with classroom activities offers the reader a novel perspective on both early childhood research and practice." - Alan J. Bishop, Emeritus Professor, Monash University, Australia