Transforming Children's Mathematical and Scientific Development
Project dates: 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2013
Advances in mathematics education research and cognitive neuroscience indicate that young children can develop abstract ideas. Current research indicates that an emphasis on underlying structure can significantly improve the quality and scope of mathematics learning and enhance cognitive development. This project will test whether an innovative, sustained approach to learning, implemented at an optimum age, challenges and motivates young children to develop mathematical and scientific reasoning. Children of widely varying abilities will engage with novel patterns and structures and data modelling experiences. The impact of this program on learning will be evaluated across Grades 1 to 3.
An innovative program promoting young children’s mathematical and scientific reasoning will be evaluated from Grades 1 to 3. This study will determine whether an intervention capitalising on children’s natural capacity for learning impacts their general cognitive development and problem solving skills at an optimum age.
Funding / Grants
- Discovery (2011 - 2013)