ERIC Number: ED046491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-3
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Understanding of Quantitative Concepts in 3 1/2-4 1/2 Year-Old Children.
Tanaka, Masako N.; Chittenden, Edward A.
This report analyzes the nonverbal performance of 100 children (3 1/2-4 1/2 year old) on tasks of discontinuous quantity. The children are part of a larger group of subjects participating in a longitudinal study of educational and social programs for disadvantaged children currently being conducted by the Educational Testing Service. The purposes of the analysis are: to examine and describe some psychometric properties of measures appropriate for use with very young children; to relate the measures to theory in developmental psychology; and to consider some implications for educational research and practice. The two principal measures are a spontaneous correspondence task and a test of spatial enumeration, with a third supplementary test of counting. The results suggest the feasibility of measures of quantitative thinking which are less dependent on verbal responses and which attempt to focus on the processes of responding. (Author/AJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.