The Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA) and the Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program (PASMAP) together form an innovative way of investigating and improving young children’s understanding of mathematics.
Rather than focusing on what mathematics learners can and cannot do, PASA seeks to find out how students think about mathematical ideas underlying tasks.
By knowing how students approach tasks, teachers can plan and scaffold individual learning experiences.
Students with a greater awareness of mathematical pattern and structure tend to do better at mathematics. The good news is that every child’s AMPS can be improved by appropriate teaching.
Using a one-on-one approach, PASA is an innovative way of investigating young students' understanding of mathematics.
Rather than focusing on what mathematics learners can and cannot do, PASA seeks to find out how students think about mathematical ideas. PASA assesses students’ awareness of mathematical pattern and structure.
It consists of three one-on-one assessments designed for learners in the first three years of formal schooling.
Each PASA assessment consists of approximately 15 tasks, covering a wide variety of ideas that underlie strands of the early years Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.
The Pattern and Structure Mathematical Awareness Program (PASMAP) focuses on developing awareness of pattern and structure that underpins early years mathematics
When used in conjunction with PASA, teachers can use students' results to help select the most effective PASMAP learning sequences for their students. They can also see which students may need additional support, and which students may be challenged to explore ideas more deeply.