ERIC Number: EJ942941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Discovery and Maintenance of the Many-to-One Counting Strategy in 4-Year-Olds: A Microgenetic Study
Blote, Anke W.; Van Otterloo, Sandra G.; Stevenson, Claire E.; Veenman, Marcel V. J.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v22 n1 p83-102 Mar 2004
This study investigated the development of the many-to-one counting strategy in 4- year-old children. In the first experiment, 52 children participated. Their development with respect to two kinds of tasks, a hidden-items task and a needed-items task, was studied over four sessions. Children (n = 28) who accurately used the many-to-one strategy in Session 4 also participated in the second experiment. These children were presented with more difficult hidden- and needed-items tasks. It was found that children often produced the strategy for the first time on tasks with relatively few items. Most children then kept producing it, even if they initially did not obtain much profit from its use because of counting errors. Increasing task difficulty resulted in children making more counting errors or reverting to invalid strategies depending on the nature of the new task.
Descriptors: Children, Investigations, Computation, Learning Strategies, Task Analysis, Error Patterns, Child Development, Developmental Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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