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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Young children’s multimodal mathematical explanations
Author Johansson, Maria ; Lange, Troels ; Meaney, Tamsin ; Riesbeck, Eva ; Wernberg, Anna
Date 2014
English abstract
This paper investigates how three children provided mathematical explanations whilst playing with a set of glass jars in a Swedish preschool. Using the idea of semiotic bundles combined with the work on multimodal interactions, the different semiotic resources used individually and in combinations by the children are described. Given that the children were developing their verbal fluency, it was not surprising to find that they also included physical arrangements of the jars and actions to support their explanations. Hence, to produce their explanations of different attributes such as thin and sameness, the children drew on each other’s gestures and actions with the jars. This research has implications for how the relationship between verbal language and gestures can be viewed in regard to young children’s explanations.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-014-0614-y (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue ZDM Mathematics education;6
Volume 46
ISSN 1863-9690
Language eng (iso)
Subject Mathematics Education
Preschool Child
Mathematical Object
Verbal Language
Mathematical Explanation
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::MATHEMATICS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27886 Permalink to this page
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