Utmaningar i byggleken : en möjlighet att lära matematik?
Wooden building bricks are among the most common toys in Swedish preschools. In this study, preschool children’s course of action was examined as they solved problems that arose during their free play with bricks. The children’s play has been observed and recorded with a video camera, and the result received is then related to theories of mathematics and of children’s learning. The conclusions drawn from the result are that preschool children, in their free play with building bricks, get plenty of opportunities to experience various aspects of mathematics. Furthermore, children come across problems that are relevant to them, which they deal with in different ways and sometimes solve. At times children practise strategies already known to them, and every now and then they are challenged to solve a problem through trial and error. It is clear that children may be in different phases, found in the study, as they solve a problem. These phases are dependent on how they choose to handle the arisen challenge in a particular case. Another conclusion drawn in the study is that children, as they face the variety of mathematical aspects and/or accept a challenge which leads to a problem solving situation, have considerable opportunities of learning.
School:Högskolan i Skövde
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:preschool children play with building bricks problem solving mathematics learning
Date of Publication:06/12/2008