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ERIC Number: EJ776603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Research in Review: Young Children's Intuition for Solving Problems in Mathematics
Jung, Myoungwhon; Kloosterman, Peter; McMullen, Mary
Young Children, v62 n5 p50-57 Sep 2007
This article looks at how children in preschool through second grade intuitively solve mathematical problems rather than using textbook strategies with a single path to a solution. The authors discuss Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), a curriculum approach that helps teachers understand and encourage children's use of intuitive strategies. They offer vignettes and explanations to demonstrate children's thinking. Two charts categorize mathematics problems by type. In a classroom culture where children's intuitions are respected and valued, and where they are expected to share their thinking and listen to other children's explanations, they naturally pick up more advanced ways of solving problems. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A