Publication Date: April 10, 2004
With profound implications for classroom practice, this text examines the significance of children’s understanding and learning of mathematical notations in their development as mathematics learners. Using a series of interviews and in-depth conversations with kindergarten and elementary school children, the author investigates young children’s understanding of different mathematical notations, including written numbers and the written number system, commas and periods in numbers, notations for fractions, data tables, number lines, and graphs. Logically organized according to the ages of the children, with each chapter focusing on one to three children and one aspect of notations, this seminal work discusses key concepts, such as:
Bárbara M. Brizuela is an assistant professor of education at Tufts University. She currently works with children and teachers in public schools in the Boston area.
“By taking a child’s-eye view of mathematical symbolization, Bárbara Brizuela invites us to re-discover and appreciate anew the remarkable power and intellectual excitement of writing mathematics.”
— From the Foreword by Richard Lehrer