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Promoting and measuring mathematical thinking and strategy use in young children through computer-based activities. Melissa Y. Leung

Promoting and measuring mathematical thinking and strategy use in young children through computer-based activities.

Melissa Y. Leung

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ISBN : 9781109042191
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202 pages
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This investigation examined how activities embedded in a research-based computer tool could facilitate early math learning in young children by enabling them to see numbers quickly through repeated practice- count- learn basic addition as anMoreThis investigation examined how activities embedded in a research-based computer tool could facilitate early math learning in young children by enabling them to see numbers quickly through repeated practice- count- learn basic addition as an extension of their understanding of enumeration- incorporate the principles of grouping and chunking into their thinking processes- and develop more efficient ways of solving counting, addition and subtraction problems. In tandem with focused observation, this study employed the microgenetic method as a tool to track changes in childrens mathematical strategy use over the course of six sessions. The participants consisted of 18 children, most lower-SES, average age 4.74 years, range from 4.11 to 5.73 years, from three educational institutions in New York. Results indicate that given practice with the software, most children arrived at the notion of addition, a key mathematical concept shown here to have evolved from counting. In fact, most subjects reached the cardinal number of a set by counting by ones at first---the default mathematical strategy for such problems---and by moving toward grouping soon thereafter. Moreover, from a usability standpoint, their comfort level with the computer program increased as their time on task grew, with their attention spans peaking at about 15 minutes into an activity. Meshing theory and practice through technology, this innovative piece of software may be used as a promising medium for exposing young children to key concepts vital to early childhood mathematics.