Representation Reading ECI 314 Early Childhoodhood Mathematics

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Unformatted text preview: s to find out if the children could write numerals when explicitly asked to do so in the absence of objects. The following six types of notations were found (see Figure 2.2): 1. Global representation of quantity. An example of this type is “////” for 3 balls and “/////” for 2 balls. Children also invented other symbols such Theoretical Foundation 22 Figure 2.2. Examples of notation types. Source: Sinclair, A., Siegrist, F., & Sinclair, H. (1983). Young children's ideas about the written number system. In D. Rogers & J. A. Sloboda (Eds.), The acquisition of symbolic skills (pp. 535-542). New York: Plenum. Used by permission. as hooks. These children can be said to be representing the vague quan­ titative idea of “many,” “a bunch,” or “more than one.” 2. Representation of the object-kind. These notations show a focus on the qualitative rather than the quantitative aspect of each set. The examples in Figure 2.2 show a “B” for 3 balls and 2 balls, and the drawing of a house for 5 houses. 3. One-to-one correspondence with symbols (“symbols” in the P...
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