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Mathematics Education Research Journal

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 33–49 | Cite as

Awareness of pattern and structure in early mathematical development

  • Joanne Mulligan
  • Michael Mitchelmore
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Abstract

Recent educational research has turned increasing attention to the structural development of young students’ mathematical thinking. Early algebra, multiplicative reasoning, and spatial structuring are three areas central to this research. There is increasing evidence that an awareness of mathematical structure is crucial to mathematical competence among young children. The purpose of this paper is to propose a new construct, Awareness of Mathematical Pattern and Structure (AMPS), which generalises across mathematical concepts, can be reliably measured, and is correlated with general mathematical understanding. We provide supporting evidence drawn from a study of 103 Grade 1 students.

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Structural Development Young Student Mathematical Achievement Analogical Reasoning Mathematic Education Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne Mulligan
    • 1
  • Michael Mitchelmore
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Research in Mathematics & Science Education (CRiMSE), Department of EducationMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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