Representation Reading ECI 314 Early Childhoodhood Mathematics

According to piaget 19451951 pictures and

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Unformatted text preview: between concrete objects and mathematical sym­ bols. According to Piaget (1945/1951), pictures and mathematical symbols have different sources, and working with pictures is not necessarily a step toward becoming able to deal with mathematical symbols. Symbols and Signs Piaget (1945/1951) distinguished between symbols, such as pictures and tally marks (the left-hand side of Figure 2.1), and signs, such as words and writ­ ten numerals (the right-hand side). His terminology is confusing at first because he used the term symbol differently from common parlance. 19 2q Theoretical Foundation Figure 2.1. The representation of "eight* in Piagets theory. In Piaget’s theory, symbols such as pictures bear a resemblance to the ob­ jects represented and can be invented by each child. In other words, the source of symbols is children’s thinking. For example, children can think about “eight" (the rectangle in Figure 2.1 labeled “The child’s idea of‘eight’”) and draw 8 apples or 8 people without any instruction....
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