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Early Number, Counting and Place Value

Early number, counting and place value
Andrew Harris

Chapter Overview

In this chapter you can read about:

  • The role of counting as a foundation for understanding number
  • The principles and skills of counting children need to master to be able to count accurately and flexibly
  • The purpose of place value in underpinning children's understanding of the number system
  • Research findings about young children's development in understanding number.

Developing a Sense for Number

Adults think about and use numbers in flexible and often subconscious ways developed over a long period of time. Children learn about number by watching, listening and copying adults and their peers across a range of contexts (Anghileri, 2006). Having a sense for number involves understanding different meanings and uses of numbers, recognition of patterns, ...

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