Series: About the Collaborative

Collaborative Research Suggests Math Is Found in Preschool Play

On August 25th-27th, 2014, Collaborative Director Jennifer McCray presented in Jyväskylä, Finland on children’s play and the math that is involved in preschool playtime. While many conflicting ideas exist about how to improve math teaching in preschool, recent research suggests that providing plenty of time to play, with a teacher observing and interjecting pointed questions and ideas, may be most effective.

As a part of McCray’s recent study, “Preschool Teachers’ Ability to ‘See’ Mathematics in Children’s Play Predicts Learning,