A program for success: A reflective structure to enrich preschool children’s mathematical reasoning
Thursday, March 21 2:15-2:45 PM Location: Sunset 1
Presider: Joshua Ellis, Florida International University, United States
Abstract: Innovative technology, such as coding tools, can build problem solving skills; and in recent years, coding seems to have emerged as the new “hot item” in education. Although tangible coding tools for young learners may offer several mathematical opportunities, neither the tools nor the gamelike situations guarantee children’s mathematical development. Furthermore, many teachers face challenges in effectively integrating technology within early mathematics. The Program for Success (P4S) project was designed to provide prospective preschool (ages 3 – 5) teachers’ (PTs) explicit pedagogical support during their 8-week student teaching practicum, which would enrich their proficiency integrating technology with tasks that promote preschool children’s problem solving, mathematical reasoning, and communication.