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Representing addition and subtraction: learning the formal conventions

Maclellan, Effie (2001) Representing addition and subtraction: learning the formal conventions. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 9 (1). pp. 73-86. ISSN 1350-293X

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The study was designed to test the effects of a structured intervention in teaching children to represent addition and subtraction. In a post-test only control group design, 90 five-year-olds experienced the intervention entitled Bi-directional Translation whilst 90 control subjects experienced typical teaching. Post-intervention testing showed some significant differences between the two groups both in terms of being able to effect the addition and subtraction operations and in being able to determine which operation was appropriate. The results suggest that, contrary to historical practices, children's exploration of real world situations should precede practice in arithmetical symbol manipulation.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7323
Keywords: learning, mathematics, addition, subtraction, arithmetic, learning design, Curriculum, Education, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Education > Theory and practice of education > Curriculum
Department: Faculty of Education > Educational and Professional Studies
Depositing user: Prof Effie Maclellan
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2008 11:37
Last modified: 20 Oct 2015 17:36

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