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A Longitudinal Analysis of Estimation, Counting Skills, and Mathematical Ability Across the First School Year.
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PMID:  22506976     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In response to claims that the quality (and in particular linearity) of children's mental representation of number acts as a constraint on number development, we carried out a longitudinal assessment of the relationships between number line estimation, counting, and mathematical abilities. Ninety-nine 5-year-olds were tested on 4 occasions at 3 monthly intervals. Correlations between the 3 types of ability were evident, but while the quality of children's estimations changed over time and performance on the mathematical tasks improved over the same period, changes in one were not associated with changes in the other. In contrast to the earlier claims that the linearity of number representation is potentially a unique contributor to children's mathematical development, the data suggest that this variable is not significantly privileged in its impact over and above simple procedural number skills. We propose that both early arithmetic success and estimating skill are bound closely to developments in counting ability. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
Kevin Muldoon; John Towse; Victoria Simms; Oliver Perra; Victoria Menzies
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1939-0599     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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