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Topic: Re: starting from counting
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Kevin J.Maguire

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Re: starting from counting
Posted: Oct 31, 1995 12:46 AM
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Counting, I consider, may be seen as the beginning of a child's
internalization of number concepts. As Tad has written children can
often be seen, and heard, counting whilst pointing to a number of objects
but showing no one-to-one correspondence. The work by Steffe indicates
that, to me at least and I hope to others too, through counting a child
begins to understand and form a concept of the relationship between
numbers. Maybe twenty or so years ago I used counting to help children
come to understand the relationship between repeated addition and
multiplication. I really don't know if I succeeded in helping to develop
this and related concepts but I certainly tried. Perhaps if I was to be
placed in the same or a similar situation today I would go about it
differently but still attempt to help the child to learn about the
relationships which exist between numbers in general and the importance
of counting.
Regards,
K


Kevin J. Maguire Telephone: +61 3 9478 2080
Graduate School of Education
La Trobe University
Bundoora VIC
Australia






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