Aim of the International Children's Mathematics Network
The aim of the children's mathematics network is to engage all those who work with and are interested in young children's mathematics, in reading, thinking, discussing and exploring Children's Mathematical Graphics in their own classrooms, those conducting their own research and spreading the word! It is an international, not for profit organisation for teachers, practitioners, students, researchers and teacher educators working with children in the birth-8-year age range. It is a grassroots network, with children and teachers at its heart and focuses on children's mathematical thinking, on their Mathematical Graphics (originated by Dr Maulfry Worthington and Dr Elizabeth Carruthers, and the meanings children make and communicate. Early 'written' (represented) mathematics is explored within the context of visual representation and semiotics (meaning making), including drawing, early (emergent) writing and play.
Our work is based on extensive, evidence-based research with children, teachers and families within the context of homes, nursery schools and schools. We advocate a spirit of democracy, freedom and creativity for teachers, and importantly the freedom for children to explore their own meanings in creative and thoughtful ways. Our aim to is hear the voice of the child.
Whilst our work was originally based in the UK, researchers and teachers across the globe, are aware that mathematics from children's perspectives needs more focus. Child-led learning is in crisis and becoming a rarity, perhaps more so in mathematics, since mathematics is often seen as a step-by-step subject with little creativity. We want to keep the spirit of children's own mathematical thinking alive. This website therefore is a meeting place for those teachers, researchers and others who want to know more about child-led mathematics and who who want to join in debate and discourse on the many and varied ways that young children explore and think about their mathematics.