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GeoChild – Development of geometrical competences in early childhood

GeoChild – Development of geometrical competences in early childhood

The project “Development of geometrical competences in early childhood” aims at investigating how basic geometrical skills develop and how they may be trained successfully in kindergarten. The project aims at investigating which prerequisites corroborate the acquisition of basic geometrical competences such as identifying and categorizing geometrical forms as well as navigating through physical space, as well as evaluating how these competences may be trained effectively in early childhood education.

Project Description

Mathematics is often denoted the science of structures and patterns. This fact becomes obvious when considering geometric forms and figures. When children first engage in games with, for instance, building blocks or puzzles during early childhood, they are already dealing with such basic geometric patterns and structures. The project “Development of geometrical competences in early childhood” aims at investigating how basic geometrical skills develop and how they may be trained successfully in kindergarten.

Over the past years, extensive research effort has been dedicated to identifying the foundations of successful development of numerical and arithmetical competences. However, knowledge on the development of geometrical competences is comparatively patchy. On a basic level, it is assumed that the acquisition of Euclidean geometry is based on two distinct cognitive core systems. One of these two systems is assumed to support large-scale navigation in physical space whereas the other system allows for identifying the shapes of small-scale, moveable objects.

Based on this theoretical perspective, the project aims at investigating which prerequisites corroborate the acquisition of basic geometrical competences such as identifying and categorizing geometrical forms as well as navigating through physical space. Additionally, the project aims at evaluating how these competences may be trained effectively in early childhood education.

Funding

Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN)

Cooperations

The project is a cooperation with Prof. Dr. Korbinian Moeller.

Publications

Jung, S., Meinhardt, A., Braeuning, D., Roesch, S., Cornu, V., Pazouki, T., Schiltz, C., Lonnemann J., & Moeller, K. (2020). Hierarchical development of early visual-spatial abilities - A taxonomy based assessment using the MaGrid app. Frontiers in Psychology - Cognitive Science. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00871

Project Management

Project Details

State:
Current projects
Duration:
09/2017 – 09/2021
Funding:
External funding
Department: Education and Human Development
Contact: Prof. Dr. Jan Lonnemann, Associated Researcher
last modified May 29, 2020