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ERIC Number: EJ757487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Fostering the Development of Logico-Mathematical Thinking in a Card Game at Ages 5-6
Kamii, Constance; Kato, Yasuhiko
Early Education and Development, v16 n3 p367-384 2005
A class of 14 kindergartners in Japan was videotaped while playing a card game in groups of three involving the placement of cards in numerical order. The children were followed up in first grade, and it was found that development in one area of logico-mathematical knowledge (for example, the making of temporal relationships) stimulates development in other areas (such as classification and numerical reasoning). This specific, interrelated mode of structuring was not expected and suggested that it is unwise for adults to try to plan a sequence of development. The implication of the findings is that it may be better to provide "natural" play activities that encourage children to think logico-mathematically than to conceptualize specific standards for 3-to-6-year-olds' mathematics education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan