Our sustained programme of research and development has been conducted over more than 30 years, influencing perspectives of young children's abilities regarding their ability to make sense of mathematics and use and understand graphical languages to communicate. In some local authorities and settings and in many universities it has stimulated interest in young children's own mathematics, and in Children's Mathematical Graphics, with international interest especially notable.
This has aroused some considerable interest and debate, challenging conventional wisdom about children's learning and strengths in early childhood. In England this has resulted in support for our work in a number of governmental and independent reviews and reports, including Children Thinking Mathematically, (DCSF, 2009) which we were commissioned bye the government to write.
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