The Surprising Importance of Early Math
17th May 2022 : 17:00 - 18:15
Research Group: Child Development and Learning
Speaker: Professor Douglas H Clements & Professor Julie Sarama, University of Denver
Location: Online only
Convener: Iram Siraj
Children follow natural developmental progressions in learning. Curriculum research has revealed sequences of activities that are effective in guiding children through these levels of thinking. These developmental paths are the basis for Learning Trajectories. Learning Trajectories have three parts – a learning goal, a developmental path along which children develop to reach that goal, and a set of activities matched to each of the levels of thinking in that path. Together, these help children develop to higher levels of mathematical thinking.
In this talk, we will present surprising research findings about early mathematics, including its predictive power, children’s potential for learning, and what we know about effective teaching using research-based learning trajectories. Takeaways include new supports for teaching and learning early math playfully and joyfully.
About the Speakers
Dr Julie Sarama is the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Distinguished University Professor, and Douglas H Clements is the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education.