Chapter 21. Children's Understanding of Mathematics

  1. Usha Goswami
  1. Peter Bryant and
  2. Terezinha Nuñes

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch21

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition

How to Cite

Bryant, P. and Nuñes, T. (2010) Children's Understanding of Mathematics, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development, Second edition (ed U. Goswami), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325485.ch21

Editor Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191166

Online ISBN: 9781444325485

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Keywords:

  • children's understanding of mathematics;
  • mathematics, interesting and rewarding questions - for developmental psychologists;
  • mathematics, the study of quantitative relations;
  • distinctions drawn between quantities, relations and numbers;
  • significance of children's counting - a controversial issue;
  • Carey's hypothesis about individuation;
  • Piaget's theory, coherent explanation than any other of children's solutions to mathematical problems;
  • Piaget and Greco's explanation of results - distinction between quantité and quotité;
  • word problems - sums couched in fictional events;
  • logic and logical development - additive and multiplicative reasoning, and use of logic

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Numbers, Quantities, and Relations

  • Learning About Arithmetical Operations

  • Conclusions

  • References