ERIC Number: ED308947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Preschoolers' Use of Correspondence: Ineffective and Infrequent?
Examined were preschoolers' spontaneous use of correspondence strategies. A total of 40 children 4 and 5 years of age were asked to divide a pile of cookies into two equal groups. The cookies were two sizes, halves and wholes, so even though there were trials with an odd number of cookies, it was possible to divide the cookies evenly. When children's division strategies and accuracy in dividing the cookies were examined, data indicated that subjects frequently used correspondence strategies to divide the cookies, but they did not do so uniformly across all trial types. Both 4- and 5-year-olds consistently used correspondence strategies on small numerosity trials, but only 5-year-olds consistently used these strategies on large numerosity, even number trials. Children of both ages had difficulty on the large numerosity, odd number trials. These results suggest that young children's use of correspondence strategies may not be quantitative on the type of division tasks used in this investigation. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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