Mathematics Education and Neurosciences: Towards interdisciplinary insights into the development of young children's mathematical abilities

Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (1):75-80 (2011)
Abstract
The Mathematics Education and Neurosciences project is an interdisciplinary research program that bridges mathematics education research with neuroscientific research. The bidirectional collaboration will provide greater insight into young children's (aged four to six years) mathematical abilities. Specifically, by combining qualitative ‘design research’ with quantitative ‘experimental research’, we aim to come to a more thorough understanding of prerequisites that are involved in the development of early spatial and number sense. The mathematics education researchers are concerned with kindergartner's spatial structuring ability, while the neuroscientists are studying kindergartner's automatic quantity processing and its effect on mathematical development. The outcomes of these investigations should contribute to practical ways of fostering and supporting young children's mathematical thinking and learning
Keywords neurosciences  mathematics education  spatial structuring  numerical Stroop paradigm  young children  number sense
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