Representation Reading ECI 314 Early Childhoodhood Mathematics

The writing of three numerals in this task required

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Unformatted text preview: ths, since kindergarten in many cases. Representation 37 Table 2.1 Percentage of First Graders In Four Locations Representing the Addition of Three to Two Note: When a child conventionally represented the addition vertically, he or she was asked to write "the same thing" horizontally. A surprising number of first graders wrote only two numerals—“3 + 2,” “3 + 2 =,” “3 2,” or “3 5.” Eighteen, 24, 46, and 36%, respectively, of the four groups wrote only a 3 and a 2, representing the two original wholes. Those who wrote a 3 and a 5 can be said to have represented the original whole and the whole at the end (first there were 3, and then there were 5). The variety of the other representations was surprising, and the rarer ones are grouped under the heading of “Others.” The most instructive writing not presented in this category came from a child who refused to write anything but “5” and explained, “I can’t write ‘3’ because the 3 are already in the 5.” This state­ ment explained why so many children wrote either “3” and “2” (“You put...
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