Title

Using mathematical investigations in projects for STEAM integration

Author Identifier

Marianne Knaus

ORCID : 0000-0001-8869-9415

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Embedding STEAM in Early Childhood Education and Care

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

School

School of Education

RAS ID

35946

Comments

Knaus, M. (2021). Using mathematical investigations in projects for STEAM integration. In C. Cohrssen & S. Garvis (Eds.), Embedding STEAM in early childhood education and care (pp. 173-199). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65624-9

Abstract

In the early stages of learning, children engage with mathematics concepts through play, their environment and social interactions. Children are naturally curious and investigate their world through exploration, questioning and wondering. Informal everyday experiences incorporate opportunities for mathematical thinking and the context for deeper understanding. It is meaningful opportunities and hands-on experiences that stimulate inquiry. Using existing knowledge, play and intentional teaching can support deeper thinking and more abstract concepts. Problem-solving is embedded in mathematical thinking, and as children navigate their world, they are discovering and exploring using trial and error. Using an inquiry-based learning approach, purposeful investigations can be explored in realistic contexts to embed mathematics and other STEAM disciplines.

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-65624-9

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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