ISBN-10:
1928896685
ISBN-13:
9781928896685
Pub. Date:
07/28/2010
Publisher:
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Young Child and Mathematics - With DVD

Young Child and Mathematics - With DVD

by Juanita V. Copley

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ISBN-13: 9781928896685
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Sales rank: 138,922
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.88(h) x (d)

About the Author

Juanita Copley is a professor emerita at the University of Houston. She has taught middle school mathematics in the public schools, served as a mathematics specialist in two urban school districts, and taught math education courses at the University of Houston. She currently spends at least one day a week teaching in prekindergarten and elementary school classrooms. For more than a decade, Dr. Copley directed the innovative Early Childhood Mathematics Collaborative, a professional development project that has trained more than 2,000 preservice teachers and 250 inservice teachers. She has also worked with the Head Start Bureau in developing a mathematics initiative for teachers and young children. As professor emerita, she continues to devote much of her time and energy to professional development in early mathematics teaching. Dr. Copley has written and edited a number of books about early childhood mathematics, three of which are copublications of NAEYC and NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). Her research on early childhood math and on effectiveness of professional development models for teachers in mathematics has been published in journals and presented at national early childhood and mathematics education conferences.

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The Young Child and Mathematics focuses on children from age 3 through 8 and their mathematical learning. The placement of the phrase young child before the word mathematics in the book’s title is not accidental. It comes first because I believe that the child should be the focus of early education. In this chapter I share some of the lessons that I have learned about children and their understanding of mathematics. Some of my ideas about how to teach mathematics come from textbooks, some from watching other teachers teach, and some from experts. However, most, if not all, of the ideas were greatly influenced by children themselves. In some cases their strategies changed the activities for my lessons, their interests changed the scope of the content, or their particular strengths or weaknesses changed the sequence of my instruction. Whatever the case, I have found that when I make the child the focus of my teaching, I teach mathematics well.

Table of Contents

1. The Child Learns, the Child Teaches
2. A Framework for Teaching Mathematics to Young Children
3. Mathematics Processes in the Early Childhood Curriculum
Introduction to the Mathematics Content Areas
4. Number and Operations in the Early Childhood Curriculum
5. Patterns, Functions, and Algebra in the Early Childhood Curriculum
6. Geometry and Spatial Sense in the Early Childhood Curriculum
7. Measurement in the Early Childhood Curriculum
8. Data Analysis and Probability in the Early Childhood Curriculum
9. Questions . . . and Some Answers
Appendix
A. Using the Accompanying DVD
B. Learning Paths and Teaching Strategies
References
Index

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