The Young Numerical Mind

When Does It Count?

Authored by: Sara Cordes , Rochel Gelman

Handbook of Mathematical Cognition

Print publication date:  December  2004
Online publication date:  August  2005

Print ISBN: 9781841694115
eBook ISBN: 9780203998045
Adobe ISBN: 9781135423667


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Accounts of early counting differ in the degree of conceptual competence granted to the young child, as well as whether there are ontogenetic and/or phylogenetic continuities. Much of the debate is centered on whether various counting tasks license the conclusion that young learners understand the cardinal counting principle, that the last word in a count list represents the cardinal value of a collection.

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