Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Education

Pub Date

Winter 1991

Abstract

Young children are natural pattern-makers. Their fascination and facility with rap music, jump rope rhymes, percussive rhythms, and foreign language, for example, attest to innate interests in and abilities to detect, understand, and reproduce patterns in different contexts. If children are natural pattern-makers, then, according to G.H. Hardy (and Seymour Papert, the "father of the Logo turtle"), they are also natural mathematicians.

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