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ERIC Number: ED560793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
An Integrative Theory of Numerical Development
Siegler, Robert; Lortie-Forgues, Hugues
Grantee Submission
Understanding of numerical development is growing rapidly, but the volume and diversity of findings can make it difficult to perceive any coherence in the process. The integrative theory of numerical development posits that a coherent theme is present, however--progressive broadening of the set of numbers whose magnitudes can be accurately represented--and that this theme unifies numerical development from infancy to adulthood. From this perspective, development of numerical representations involves four major acquisitions: 1) increasingly precise representations of magnitudes of numbers expressed nonsymbolically, 2) linking nonsymbolic to symbolic numerical representations, 3) extending understanding to increasingly large whole numbers, and 4) extending understanding to all rational numbers. Thus, the mental number line expands rightward to encompass larger whole numbers, leftward to encompass negatives, and interstitially to include fractions and decimals. [This article was published in "Child Development Perspectives," v8 n3 p144-150 Sep 2014.]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324C100004:84.324C