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ERIC Number: EJ1032846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Inference and Association in Children's Early Numerical Estimation
Sullivan, Jessica; Barner, David
Child Development, v85 n4 p1740-1755 Jul-Aug 2014
How do children map number words to the numerical magnitudes they represent? Recent work in adults has shown that two distinct mechanisms--structure mapping and associative mapping--connect number words to nonlinguistic numerical representations (Sullivan, J., 2012). This study investigated the development of number word mappings, and the roles of inference and association in children's estimation. Fifty-eight 5- to 7-year-olds participated, and results showed that at both ages, children possess strong item-based associative mappings for numbers up to around six, but rely primarily on structure mapping--an inferential process--for larger quantities. These findings suggest that children rely primarily on an inferential mechanism to construct and deploy mappings between number words and large approximate magnitudes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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