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Project Summary

Funded by the Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld Trust

This project studied the role of the supporting adult in promoting effective learning related to aspects of 3D shape in young children. Nursery and reception aged children carried out problem solving tasks using wooden blocks, in this case Poleidoblocs, embedded within playful contexts.

The study analysed the structured adult intervention that increased the effectiveness of learning and led to an enhanced development of secure and transferable concepts.

This research is being disseminated through the i-PRiSM project, an innovative CD-Rom package.

Project Directors

Julia Anghileri
Penny Coltman

Research Assistant

Dinara Petyaeva


Anghileri J, & Baron, S. (1999) Playing with the Materials of Study: Poleidoblocs, Education 3 - 13 27,2: 57-64

Anghileri, J. and Baron, S. (1998) Learning with 3-D Shapes, Child Education February 1998

Anghileri, J. and Baron, S. (1997) Playing and learning with Poleidoblocs, Mathematics Teaching 161: 48-51 Dec 1997 ATM

Coltman, P., Anghileri, J. & Petyaeva, D. (2002) Scaffolding learning through meaningful tasks and adult interaction. Early Years 22 (1) 39-49