Proceedings of The 2nd Global Conference on Education and Teaching
An investigation of effective educational process elements for preschoolers’ numeracy learning
Alberto Alegre, Ph.D., Elia Lopez-Cassa, Ph.D.
This study investigates the process elements used by preschool teachers when teaching numeracy. The goals are a) to examine student-centered and teacher-centered process elements in planning, teaching, assessing, managing classroom behavior, and professionalism, and b) to identify those process elements that are more effective in terms of the preschoolers´ numeracy learning. We used a sample of 23 preschool teachers and their 369 students between 3 and 5 years of age. The teachers answered a series of questionnaires to describe their educational methods. The students were assessed on numeracy using several tasks from the TEMA3 (Ginsburg & Baroody, 2003). The numeracy tests and the teachers’ questionnaires were administered simultaneously. The results show positive relationships between child-centered process elements and students’ numeracy learning and negative relationships between teacher-centered educational methods and students’ numeracy learning.
keywords: Children, Education Numeracy, Mathematics, Preschool, Teaching.