1. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  2. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  3. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  4. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  5. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  6. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  7. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  8. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  9. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  10. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  11. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  12. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  13. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  14. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  15. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  16. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  17. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  18. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  19. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  20. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  21. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  22. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  23. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  24. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  25. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  26. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  27. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  28. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  29. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  30. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  31. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  32. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  33. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  34. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  35. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  36. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  37. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  38. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  39. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  40. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
  41. SQU This Week
  42. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  43. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  44. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  45. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  46. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  47. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
  48. SQU This Week
  49. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  50. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  51. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  52. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  53. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  54. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  55. SQU This Week
  56. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  57. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  58. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  59. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  60. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  61. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  62. SQU This Week
  63. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  64. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  65. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  66. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  67. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  68. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  69. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  70. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  71. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  72. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  73. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  74. SQU This Week
  75. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  76. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  77. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  78. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  79. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  80. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  81. Conference to Address Research Management
  82. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  83. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  84. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  85. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  86. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  87. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  88. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  89. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
  90. SQU This Week
  91. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  92. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  93. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  94. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  95. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
  96. SQU This Week
  97. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
  98. SQU This Week
  99. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  100. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  101. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  102. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  103. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  104. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  105. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  106. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
  107. SQU This Week
  108. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  109. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  110. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  111. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  112. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  113. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  114. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
  115. SQU This Week
  116. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  117. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  118. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  119. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  120. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  121. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  122. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  123. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  124. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  125. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
  126. SQU This Week
  127. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  128. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  129. Research Workshops and Training Held
  130. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  131. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  132. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  133. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  134. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  135. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  136. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  137. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  138. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  139. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  140. CETL Official Opening Held
  141. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
  142. SQU This Week
  143. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  144. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  145. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  146. Institutional Accreditation
  147. SQU This Week
  148. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  149. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  150. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  151. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  152. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  153. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  154. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  155. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  156. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  157. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  158. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  159. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  160. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  161. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  162. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman

Douglas H. Clements is Professor, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, and Executive Director, of the Kennedy Institute for Educational Success and the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, at the University of Denver, USA.  Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush’s National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports.  His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development. Dr. Clements recently visited Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, and delivered a keynote address at the “International Conference on Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curricula: Highlights on Early Mathematics Education” organized by the Oman Mathematics Committee. In this interview, Dr. Clements, speaks about the strategies for early mathematics education, based on his extensive research experience in this area.

Why Is Teaching Mathematics So Different From Teaching Other Subjects?

Dr. Clements: Early mathematics is surprisingly important. We ignore the early years at our peril. That is, we know that children’s early knowledge of math strongly predicts their later success in math. More surprising is that preschool mathematics knowledge predicts achievement even into high school. Most surprising is that it also predicts later reading achievement, as well as early reading skills. One reason teaching mathematics is different than teaching other subjects is that in most subjects, children have to learn skills first, such as word recognition. But in early mathematics, they can be immediately engaged at the “cutting edge” of their intellect. For these and other reasons, mathematical thinking is cognitively foundational. Given the importance of mathematics to academic success in all subjects, all children need a robust knowledge of mathematics in their earliest years.

Why do many students avoid Mathematics despite the much value placed on this subject of study?

Dr. Clements: Even though mathematical processes are cognitive, they are influenced by emotions and beliefs. For example, if people are anxious about mathematics, they may perform poorly, not necessarily because they have limited ability or skills, but because nervous thoughts “push” themselves into their minds, limiting the amount of working memory available to work on mathematics.  In many cultures, such as the U.S., many people have unfortunate, negative emotions and beliefs about mathematics.

One deeply embedded belief is that achievement in mathematics depends mostly on aptitude or ability. In contrast, people from some countries believe that achievement comes from effort. The belief in aptitude—you’re either a “math person” or you’re not—hurts many children and, further, it is just not true. Children who believe—or are helped to understand—that they can learn if they try, work on tasks longer and achieve better throughout their school careers than children who believe you either “have it” or you do not. This view often leads to failure and learned helplessness. On the other hand, those who have mastery-oriented goals—who try to learn and see the point of school to develop knowledge and skills, achieve more than children whose goals are directed toward high grades or outperforming others. They even see failure as an opportunity to learn.

Could you explain the concept “Teaching Early Mathematics for Understanding with Trajectories and Technologies”, the topic of your talk at SQU?

Dr. Clements: Teachers who learn to use curricula based on learning trajectories are not only better teachers of mathematics, they continue to use that curriculum for years after its introduction and their teaching improves each year. Teachers need help to do this. However, we have the tools to provide that help. We know a lot about how children think about and learn math. And we know a lot about how to use learning trajectories to synthesize this knowledge into effective interventions for children. Our books detail the learning trajectories that can help underlie scientific approaches to standards, assessment, curricula, and professional development. Our new web site, learningtrajectories.org, provides similar information with videos that make the learning trajectories come alive. Our research on our Building Blocks curriculum and TRIAD scale up model show effect sizes that are large and signification. High-quality instruction has meaningful effects on children’s mathematics knowledge. All children can learn mathematical thinking.

How would you summarize your years-long research on early childhood learning?

Dr. Clements: Young children can learn amazingly broad, complex, and sophisticated mathematics. For example, preschoolers can learn to invent solutions to solve simple arithmetic problems. Also, almost all preschoolers engage in substantial amounts of pre-mathematical activity in their free play. They explore patterns, shapes, and spatial relations; compare magnitudes; and count objects. Importantly, this is true regardless of the children’s income level or gender. They simply need opportunities to engage in interesting mathematics. Teachers can and should provide rich environments, questions, and interactions to engage children in such experiences.

 

0 Comments

Leave a Comment