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Carruthers, E. & Worthington, M. (2006) Children’s Mathematics: Making Marks, Making Meaning. London: Sage. 2nd Edition.

This publication is used as a key text in many university courses on early years mathematics education, and on courses on symbolic representation relating to literacy and numeracy.

 

Foreword

John Matthews
This is one of the most important books on emergent mathematical thought in infancy and early childhood ever written. Those of us who have devoted our lifetimes attempting to understand the origin and development of expressive, representational and symbolic thought in infancy and childhood, and how best to support it, quickly came to realise that the beginnings of linguistic and mathematical thought are embedded in rather commonplace actions and drawings made by the infant and young child. Developmentally, these beginnings are of the most profound importance. They form the child’s introduction to semiotic systems without which her life in the symbol-rich society of humans will be dangerous if not impossible. Tragically, these crucial beginnings of expressive, representational and symbolic thought are often discounted completely and receive little or no support from the pedagogical environment…

Children’s earliest drawing is generated spontaneously and is interrelated with many of their other modes of expression and representation. Although self- initiated and driven along by the child, it requires adult companions who are able to identify the operant modes of representation employed by the child. Such adults are therefore in a better position to supply intellectual and emotional support for the development of semiotic thought. Carruthers and Worthington not only identify the mathematical aspects of children’s early modes of expression and representation, including drawing, they also show the teacher how these modes of representation may be best supported.
A careful reading of this fascinating book is quite simply the best way of understanding the growth of mathematical thought in infancy and how adult companions might nourish and support its development. For full review please click here.

Dr. John Matthews: May 2006
Professor: Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore

 
Carruthers, E. and Worthington, M. (2011) Understanding Children's Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
 
Professional development pack: Carruthers, E. and Worthington, M. (2011) Developing Children's Mathematical Graphics: Supporting Early Mathematical Thinking. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Carruthers, E. & Worthington, M. (2006)
Children’s Mathematics: Making Marks, Making Meaning. London: Sage.

 
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