Johnson Center, Room C
April 06, 2011, 11:00 AM to 04:15 PM
Current curricula in most school districts in the United States include some instruction on the recognition of patterns. This instruction typically makes an appearance in kindergarten and continues into the early elementary school years. There is not a standardized approach to patterning instruction so it varies widely from school district to school district. Although patterning has been included in the curricula of most schools its inclusion is not founded on research. Additionally, there is not an understanding of how children's ability to understand patterns impacts their cognitive functioning. Furthermore, no research exists that has determined what types of patterns are easy or difficult for children to learn. To date, there is no theory in existence that includes patterning among the skills that children master during their development. This research is an attempt to begin to understand more about patterning.