[IAEP] subQuan with kids ages 3-5 - join live Wednesday 9:30pm ET

Maria Droujkova droujkova at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 18:44:26 EDT 2011

Join for a live and interactive event you can attend in the comfort of your
browser. This is the 100th event in the Math Future series!

During the event, Rebecca Reiniger will discuss her study results: kids ages
3-5 learning to subQuan in physical, virtual and immersive environments.

All events in the Math 2.0 weekly series:

Follow this link at the time of the event: http://tinyurl.com/math20event
Wednesday, July 20th 2011 we will meet in the LearnCentral online room at
6:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Eastern time.
Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software.
When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the
"Login" button
If this is your first time, come a few minutes earlier to check out the
technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

The recording will be at http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/SubQuan3to5

SubQuan (sub'-kwän, from the Latin: subitas quantitas) is the ability to
perceive at a glance a quantity much larger than seven by organizing the
items into rows, columns, and containers, as coined by D. Cooper Patterson,
an electrical engineer. In this Action Research Project, preschool children
between the ages of three and five were assessed on whether the
order of educational media (physical, virtual, and immersive) affected their
ability to subQuan.

The order of introduction was discovered to have no impact on the child’s
ability to subQuan. While knowing how to subitize to nine is believed to
facilitate subQuanning, it was found that if a child could count to nine
then that child could subQuan. With less than an hour of exposure during
this research into the concept of subQuanning, five out of eight children
that could count were able to state four-digit subQuans in four different
bases. Upon reassessment two weeks later, 100% of the children that could
count were able to identify three-digit subQuans in three different bases.
Since subQuan and quantity are identical for base ten, this means each four
and five year old child was able to identify quantities in the hundreds and
thousands within minutes. Furthermore, viewing numbers as subQuans promises
to change the face of how algebra is
introduced and taught since subQuan, as shown in this research, uses the
child’s natural ability to ‘see’ numbers rather than to memorize processes
and additional number words.

Rebecca Reiniger (Ute Frenburg - SL) graduated from Purdue University in
Indiana with a Math and German BA. She is expected to receive her Masters in
Secondary Education at George Fox University in 2011. While at Purdue, she
studied abroad at the University of Hamburg, Germany. After college she
taught high school Math and German in LaGrange, Indiana. Rebecca moved to
Oregon and worked at Albertina Kerr in Developmental Difficulties Job
Training. She then taught several years at Central Catholic High School in
Portland before moving to St. Helens. There she tutored in Math and German,
which included the design of programs to fit individual and special needs

In 2000, her interest shifted to the development of math and language skills
in elementary school. Tracking her two children, she provided math
remediation and enrichment at every grade. Her experience expanded to
include literature, Junior Great Books, and supplementing math curriculum
for both TAG and Title I students. She is currently co-chair for the
International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Special Interest
Group (SIG) Virtual Worlds and Educational Coordinator for Dream
Realizations. Having lived through the math chronology of elementary school
and knowing the directionality toward advanced mathematics, Rebecca is in a
position to facilitate a greater overview of what needs to be modified in
our current system.

Maria Droujkova

Make math your own, to make your own math
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