Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This instructional project planned and implemented mathematical instruction for young children based upon recommendations by both the National Association for the Education for Young Children and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Specifically, the project presented children with a variety of geometric problem solving tasks that involved spatial reasoning. Two kinds of geometric materials, pattern blocks and tangrams, were used together with a set of frames designed to provide problem solving tasks. Examples of children's work and insights into the knowledge they constructed are presented. The tasks appeared to be interesting and appropriate. The children engaged in the tasks purposefully, and demonstrated a high level of problem solving strategies and mathematical reasoning.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Early Childhood Education
Dave R. Trafton
Charles R. May
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©1994 Christie E. Sales
Sales, Christie E., "A constructivist instructional project on developing geometric problem solving abilities using pattern blocks and tangrams with young children" (1994). Graduate Research Papers. 3280.