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Te Kākano (the seed): Growing rich mathematics in ECE settings

Sally Peters and Lesley Rameka

How can we grow rich, authentic mathematics in early childhood settings? This article focuses on a framework, Te Kākano (the seed), which is a metaphor for growing rich mathematics. Te Kākano is set out in Book 18 of Kei Tua o te Pae and is now central to a new early childhood resource, Te Aho Tukutuku: Early Mathematics, to be published in 2010. This article expands on the background material in Te Aho Tukutuku: Early Mathematics, giving further insight into the collective thinking and theoretical ideas behind the Te Kākano approach. 

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