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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.

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

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