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ERIC Number: EJ1060552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-6065
Magnitude Representations and Counting Skills in Preschool Children
Batchelor, Sophie; Keeble, Sarah; Gilmore, Camilla
Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, v17 n2-3 p116-135 2015
When children learn to count, they map newly acquired symbolic representations of number onto preexisting nonsymbolic representations. The nature and timing of this mapping is currently unclear. Some researchers have suggested this mapping process helps children understand the cardinal principle of counting, while other evidence suggests that this mapping only occurs once children have cardinality understanding. One difficulty with the current literature is that studies have employed tasks that only indirectly assess children's nonsymbolic-symbolic mappings. We introduce a task in which preschoolers made magnitude comparisons across representation formats (e.g., dot arrays vs. verbal number), allowing a direct assessment of mapping. We gave this task to 60 children aged 2;7-4;10, together with counting and Give-a-Number tasks. We found that some children could map between nonsymbolic quantities and the number words of which they understood the cardinal meaning, even if they had yet to grasp the general cardinality principle of counting.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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