Engaging Families as Children's First Mathematics Educators

International Perspectives

  • Sivanes Phillipson
  • Ann Gervasoni
  • Peter Sullivan

Part of the Early Mathematics Learning and Development book series (EMLD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sivanes Phillipson, Peter Sullivan, Ann Gervasoni
      Pages 3-14
  3. Key Foci and Pedagogical Actions That Support Young Children’s Mathematics Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Peter Sullivan, Ann Gervasoni, Sivanes Phillipson
      Pages 17-32
    3. Susanne Garvis, Eva Nislev
      Pages 33-46
    4. Claire Margolinas, Floriane Wozniak, Olivier Rivière
      Pages 47-63
    5. Judith A. Mousley
      Pages 81-101
  4. Home Interactions and Learning Experiences That Support Early Mathematical Learning

  5. Family and Educator Partnerships That Support Early Mathematical Learning

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Ann Gervasoni, Sivanes Phillipson, Peter Sullivan
      Pages 249-261

About this book


This book explores how professionals can engage and inspire parents to support their young children’s mathematics learning. Bringing together international experts, researchers and scholars, it proposes a framework for engaging with and supporting parents, including those who are less aware of the crucial development of children’s mathematical skills in the early years. Focusing on mathematics learning from birth to 5 years, the book’s underlying assumption is that it is possible to offer guidance to professionals working with families with young children concerning how to engage and support families in the area of mathematics learning, including those families who seem alienated from education services. Specifically, the respective chapters present a framework for understanding children’s early mathematical development and the important role of families in this regard. They describe effective strategies for engaging families in their children’s mathematics learning, including those who are marginalised and experience multiple disadvantages, so that all families can best support their children’s mathematical learning and their development of positive attitudes towards learning. In closing, hurdles and opportunities within the systems surrounding family engagement are addressed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sivanes Phillipson
    • 1
  • Ann Gervasoni
    • 2
  • Peter Sullivan
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2551-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2553-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-9273
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-9281
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