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ERIC Number: ED053912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 185
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A Study of the Child's Conception of Area Measure.
Wagman, Harriett Gordon
Reported are the results of an investigation of the child's acquisition of the concept of area measure. To measure this acquisition, four axioms were developed to define the concept of area. A task was developed for each axiom to test operational understanding of the axiom. A test of vocabulary and a conservation of area task were administered to 95 school children aged eight, ten, and eleven years. From the results of these tests, 76 subjects were selected. Findings of the study included: (1) eight-year olds could apply some but not all of the axioms, (2) ten- and eleven-year olds could apply all of the axioms in some but not all situations, and (3) all three age groups attained a high degree of area conservation. Suggestions concerning possible modifications in the conventional mathematics program include: (1) instruction in area concepts should begin in second or third grade, (2) concrete materials should be used, and (3) the program should present a complete axiom set rather than a single axiom. (RS)
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Note: Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University