ERIC Number: EJ721332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 9
Kindergarten Children's Representation and Understanding of Written Number Symbols
Zhou, Xin; Wang, Yefang; Wang, Luodan; Wang, Bin
Early Child Development and Care, v176 n1 p33-45 Jan 2006
Two samples of kindergarten children's representation and understanding of written number symbols were examined in two time points in one academic year. About 85% of Chinese five year olds (mean = 5 years 10 months) were able to use conventional number symbols to represent the quantity of 30 or larger. At the end of the kindergarten year, 94% of Chinese six year olds (mean = 6 years 4 months) were able to use conventional number symbols to represent the quantity of 100 or larger. Some Chinese six year olds had problems in representing written addition and subtraction tasks. Children's ability to represent written number symbols, ability to represent written addition and subtraction formula and their performance on written addition and subtraction were closely related. The performance of children in a university-affiliated childcare center was better than that of the center serving working-class families in Time 1, but the performance reversed at the end of the kindergarten year.
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Mathematics, Arithmetic, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Number Concepts, Cognitive Development, Social Class, Cognitive Processes, Young Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China