Sabah children learn mathematics through games before school


The activities described here have been used to assess pre-school children's mathematical abilities in Sabah. Sabah is a state of Malaysia (formerly British North Borneo) in the North of the island of Borneo. The children have as yet not entered school, and were introduced to playing mathematical games. The games were developed by the authors and others, in order to assess what children know before they enter school. Knowing what children know and can do before they enter school has two major benefits. The first is that pre-school educators are able to develop children's mathematical abilities further, and further, Foundation year teachers are able to develop children further, rather than repeat what they already know and can do.

Importantly, research has shown that children with better prior-to-school mathematical acquisitions develop faster and further in both mathematics and reading throughout Primary school.

Educators who know this need to have suitable techniques so that they may be the instigators of children's enhanced school development.

In this session, some of our games, and the children’s responses, will be explored.

Brian Doig
Connie Ompok

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
G-10 07/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University
H-8 07/12/2018 12:10 pm 01:10 pm La Trobe University


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