Rethinking Numeracy in the Information Age: Tasks that Engage Children in Problem Solving and Problem Posing
Prof Nicola Yelland, Shelley Dole, Anna Kilderry, Yasmine Fauzee.
This paper considers the research from 2 projects that explored the nature of tasks for learning experiences to promote numeracy and some of the ways in which young children, in their first year of school, become numerate. Both project reveal that young children have a multitude of numeracy experiences throughout their school day and many of these experiences take place outside formal mathematics classes. This paper considers the nature of numeracy teaching and learning for the information age; how contexts for exploration are created, the role that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) plays in the learning process, and how new learning can facilitate a different approach to learning.
Prof Nicola Yelland (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Hong Kong Institute of Education
Professor Nicola Yelland is Head of the Department of School and Early Childhood Education at the RMIT University in Melbourne. Professor Yelland is an active researcher who is interested in the ways in which new information and communications technologies can enhance teaching and learning contexts. Her research has been supported by funding from the ARC and she is currently the editor of an on line refereed research journal entitled Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood ( http://www.triangle.co.uk/ciec/ )and the series editor for Routledge Falmer of New York city for a series entitled Changing Images of Early Childhood. Professor Yelland publishes extensively and works in the international arena most particularly in the USA. She is the editor of three books and the author of one. More recently Prof. Yelland conducted seminars and workshops in the US related to the effective use of ICT in teacher education and professional practice. Her current ARC research projects focus on examinations of young children’s learning with computer games in school and in out of school contexts, conceptualizations of numeracy with ICT, an investigation of the new basics and young children’s use of technologies in home and school.
Shelley Dole (Australia)
Anna Kilderry (Australia)
Yasmine Fauzee (Australia)
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)