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ERIC Number: EJ785098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
First Graders' Understanding of Measurement
Castle, Kathryn; Needham, Jackie
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n3 p215-221 Dec 2007
This study focused on the meaning of measurement to a group of 16 first grade students. A university professor and the teacher of the students partnered together using qualitative analysis of field notes, student interviews, and student work samples gathered from September through May of a school year. Findings indicate students' knowledge of measurement including transitivity, unit iteration, conservation of number and length, and social knowledge of measurement terms and tools increased over the year. Researchers identified six themes of students' measurement understanding including that children's literature played a motivating role in student-initiated measurement activities. Recommendations call for first grade measurement activities focused on what it means to measure rather than on how to measure. Researchers caution that educators using mathematics curriculum and assessment should not assume that primary grade students understand conservation and unit iteration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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