ERIC Number: ED476077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Linguistic Relativity and Place Value Concept: The Case of Arabic.
Alsawaie, Othman N.
This study examined the effect of language on acquiring the concept of place value. The sample for the study consisted of 211 Arabic-speaking children aged between 6.6 years and 7.8 years. Children were interviewed individually and asked to represent written two-digit numbers using base-10 blocks. A new approach for testing the linguistic relativity hypothesis, explicit grouping language approach, was used. Following a screening task, participants were randomly divided into four groups: (1) control; (2) 20-cube; (3) prompt; and (4) explicit grouping language. Results of the study revealed that language played an important role in the acquisition of the place value concept. On the other hand, results support the argument that instructions given with the task alter children's performance on the task. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of New Ideas in Mathematics Education (Palm Cove, Australia, August 19-24, 2001).