The effectiveness of teaching selected number concepts to kindergarten children

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Florence Carolyn Poindexter (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Nancy White

Abstract: The objective in this study was to determine the effectiveness of purposive teaching of selected number concepts to kindergarten children. The subjects were the nineteen children enrolled in the Curry School Kindergarten of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for the spring semester, 1966. The number concepts which were used for the six experiments were: (1) Comparison of Sets, (2) Rational Counting, (3) Cardinal Property, (4) Place Value, (5) Ordinal Property, and (6) Conservation of Number. Little research using the test-teach-test method to ascertain the concepts which kindergarten children could be taught was found. Sindwani (1964) and White (1963) reported use of the test-teach-test method with nursery school children; whereas, Smedslund (1961c), Suppes and Ginsberg (1962), and Wohlhill and Lowe (1962) reported somewhat similar methods with kindergarten children. Tests and lesson plans were devised, pre-tested and revised. Prior to the beginning of the study, normal randomization procedures were used to assign the children to experimental groups, to receive teaching and testing, and to control groups, to receive testing only. Testing materials were in all instances parallel, differing only in manipulative media. The purposive teaching period was thirty-five minutes in length and individual testing periods required five minutes per child.

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Language: English
Date: 1966

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