CMNetwork E-bulletin: December 2015

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CONTEXT: child-initiated graphicacy - at home

Elizabeth’s brother had been playing on his electronic ‘Super Mario’ game and Elizabeth decided to make her own. After representing the screen on the inside of her folded card, she added numerical buttons to press.

Playing pretend technologies is very popular with young children (see for example,
Worthington, 2010).


  • Numerals as labels


Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and texts in pretend play
Gallery 8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in self-initiated contexts.

Worthington, M. (2010) ‘“This is a different calculator - with computer games on”: reflecting on children’s symbolic play in the digital age’, in J. Moyles, J. (Ed.) 'Thinking About Play: Developing a Reflective Approach', Maidenhead: Open University Press.


Publications - New in 2015:

Carruthers, E. (2015). Listening to children's mathematics in school. In Perry, B., A. MacDonald and A. Gervasoni. Eds. Mathematics and Transition to School: International Perspectives. Sydney, Australia: Springer

Worthington, M. (2015). Mathematics and the ecology of pretend play. In. J. Moyles. Editor. The Excellence of Play. 4th Edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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