ERIC Number: ED380270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Place Value Concept: How Children Learn It and How To Teach It.
Sharma, Mahesh C.
Math Notebook, v10 n1-2 Jan-Feb 1993
The development of the place value system and its universal use demonstrate the elegance and efficiency of mathematics. This paper examines the concept of place value by: (1) presenting the historical development of the concept of place value in the Hindu-Arabic system; (2) considering the evolution of the number zero and its role in place value; (3) discussing the difficulties children have in understanding place value; (4) describing strategies to teach place value and 12 teaching activities that utilize manipulative materials and hands-on approaches; (5) discussing how the suggested activities make the transition from concrete experiences to symbolic understanding of place value; and (6) suggesting ways to assess children's understanding of place value. (Contains 16 references.) (MDH)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Cognitive Development, Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning Activities, Manipulative Materials, Mathematics History, Mathematics Instruction, Number Concepts, Place Value, Teaching Methods
Center for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics, P.O. Box 3149, Framingham, MA 01701 (single issue, $2).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Center for Teaching/Learning of Mathematics, Framingham, MA.