ERIC Number: ED193037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Meanings of Some Relational and Dimensional Terms in Children's Language.
Novillis, Carol F.
Presented is a review of linguistic research on children's acquisition of more/less, same/different, big/little, long/short, and similar relational and dimensional terms. The review illustrates that children's meanings for words differ from adult meanings. The nature and findings of several research projects are discussed and it is concluded that while there are many limitations to the studies reported, there are several general and specific trends worth noting. Children's first meanings for terms can be viewed as incomplete and incorporating additional features as part of their meaning that are not part of adult meanings. Teachers of young children should be aware of the many diverse situations in which terms are used, and should listen more to children in natural language contexts where they exhibit spontaneous use of terms. The stated purpose of this paper is to emphasize the need for mathematics education research that focuses on lingusitic variables as well as cognitive ones. (MP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Conference on Diagnostic and Prescriptive Mathematics (6th, Tampa, FL, April 23, 1979). Contains occasional light and broken type.