ERIC Number: EJ1025065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Letter and Numeral Identification: Their Relationship with Early Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Neumann, Michelle M.; Hood, Michelle; Ford, Ruth M.; Neumann, David L.
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v21 n4 p489-501 2013
The relationship between letter and numeral identification is reviewed to determine whether early identification of these symbols impact upon both literacy and numeracy development. Numerals and letters share similar perceptual properties such as geometric features and arbitrary labels. Through early socio-cultural experiences with surrounding print, children learn to differentiate between these symbols and name them. This knowledge prepares them for the acquisition of conventional literacy and numeracy skills. Studies show that numeral and letter identification are correlated at an early age. Moreover, numeral identification predicts early literacy skills such as word reading. Also, some evidence shows a relationship between letter identification and numeracy skills. The implications of the relationships between letter and numeral identification and subsequent literacy and numeracy skills for research and education are discussed, although further research is warranted. Practical strategies for fostering both numeral and letter identification in young children are suggested.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Literacy, Numeracy, Alphabets, Orthographic Symbols, Correlation, Numbers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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