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ERIC Number: ED063973
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An Activities and Materials Based, Non-Text Mathematics Program for Kindergarten.
Lerch, Harold H.
A project conducted several years ago to develop informal mathematical learning experiences at kindergarten level is compared with the results of the work-book type (formal) program being used at that time. It is hypothesized that kindergarten pupils who study mathematical concepts in a planned, sequential, systematic, but non-workbook (informal) type program will gain more in mathematical concepts and skills than kindergarten pupils who study mathematical concepts as they are presented in a workbook program. Two groups of pupils (experimental and contrast) were used to compare the results of both programs by administering an evaluation instrument. The groups were comparable in age, attending the same school and sessions, had similar socioeconomic backgrounds, were taught by the same teacher, and were similar in levels of general ability. The abilities measured by three sub-tests of matching, number, and copying were regarded to be related to mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. The comparative tests indicate that children in the experimental group: were better in matching skills; had greater number knowledge and skills; and were better in motor control skills than children in the contrast group. It is concluded that informal learning activities and experiences can be successful in helping young children learn mathematics, and that efforts to develop such activities and experiences should be continued. (Author/LS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 1972)