@inbook{cf33f03c6546416d844d87dcdf94b932,

title = "Early Mathematics Education:: A Plea for Mathematically Founded Conceptions",

abstract = "What is mathematics and what is mathematics education in early childhood? This theoretical chapter draws attention to distinctions and relationships between applied and pure mathematics and provides a provocation for considering what each offers when evaluating the authenticity of mathematical activity. The implications of these differences in how mathematics education are positioned and framed in early childhood are discussed using a number of examples to illustrate this. The chapter challenges perceptions by educators that mathematical experiences for prior-to-school learning must be contextualized in {\textquoteleft}everyday{\textquoteright} experiences and offers other ways of connecting young children{\textquoteright}s mathematical education to mathematics as a system with structure and abstract forms and patterns. The chapter draws attention to and pleads for mathematically founded conceptions to underpin the context and content of early childhood mathematics education. ",

keywords = "Mathematical structure, Conceptual understanding, Design, Mathematics activities, Play, Pure and applied mathematics, Early childhood",

author = "Virginia Kinnear and Erich Wittmann",

year = "2018",

doi = "10.1007/978-981-10-7153-9_2",

language = "English",

isbn = "9789811071515",

series = "Early Mathematics Learning and Development",

publisher = "Springer ",

pages = "17--35",

editor = "Virginia Kinnear and Lai, {Mun Yee} and Tracey Muir",

booktitle = "Forging Connections in Early Mathematics Teaching and Learning",

}