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The Patterns drawer was written by a team from the Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University led by A/Prof. Michael Mitchelmore, School of Education.

The Patterns drawer is an outcome of the extensive research into the role of pattern and structure in early mathematics learning carried out at Macquarie University over the past ten years by Mulligan, Papic, Mitchelmore and others.

A/Prof. Michael Mitchelmore and A/Prof. Joanne Mulligan, School of Education, were responsible for the conceptual design of the drawer. Michael wrote most of the material, assisted by Joanne and colleagues Dr Kate Highfield, Institute of Early Childhood, Ms Jennie Marston, School of Education, and Dr Kristy Goodwin, Director, Every Chance to Learn, Sydney.