ERIC Number: ED197829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Mathematical Thinking in Kindergarten. Mt. Druitt Early Childhood Project Evaluation Report, Number 6.
This study assesses the abilities of kindergarten children who attended the Mt. Druitt Early Childhood Project (MDECP) in Australia to apply logical processes to mathematic problems not generally found in the classroom. The mathematical abilities of 56 children enrolled in one of the MDECP's five programs (competency, cognitive, behaviorist, contemporary, and home-base) were compared with the mathematical abilities of 33 non- preschool experience children on seven different tasks (representation and memory, matrix, number operations, number patterns, conservation of number, measurement, and symmetry). In general, results indicated fairly consistent trends in favor of the preschool children, but most of these differences were not statistically significant. The only significant differences between the two groups were found in responses to problems in number operations and number patterns tasks. The most significant difference was found in the responses to the measurement task. The two programs which contributed to most of the variance were the behaviorist and contemporary programs. Significant sex differences related to the matrix reconstruction tasks were found (girls made more error than boys). Implications for the teaching and assessment of the children's mathematical abilities are discussed. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).; New South Wales Dept. of Education, Sydney (Australia).; New South Wales Health Commission, Sydney (Australia).
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Australia; Mount Druitt Early Childhood Project