Firstly I would like to thank Katherine for her suggestion re following other steams of discussion. I am in the initial stage of planning a small research project about the ability of young children (about Grade 3 or 4) to write word problems for the four operations as a measure of their understanding of these processes. I have already listed (for myself) some ideas but would like to read what others may have to say about this. A second line I would like to pursue is how natural is it for young children (kindergarten - first year at school) to model the activities presented in word problems in the four operations. Working with young children over the last few months I have found that they do no spontaneously model - yet much of the literature refers to young children modeling procedures. As above I have noted what I would like to do but would welcome input from informed colleagues. With kind regards, K.
Kevin J. Maguire School of Education Telephone: 61 3 9479 2080 La Trobe University Melbourne Victoria