Children's understanding of the number system

Noel Thomas, Joanne Mulligan

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    A cross-sectional study of 132 NSW rural children from grades K-6 assessed counting, number sense, grouping/partitioning, regrouping, place value and structure of the number system. Task-based interview data exhibited lack of understanding of the base ten system, with little progress made during Grades 5 and 6. Few Grade 6 children used holistic strategies or generalised the structure of the number system. Grouping strategies were not well linked to formation of multiunits; addititve rather than multiplicative relations dominated the interpretation of multidigit numbers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsJ. Truran
    Place of PublicationAdelaide
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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