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The intersect of early numeracy, vocabulary, executive functions and logical reasoning in Grade R


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Title The intersect of early numeracy, vocabulary, executive functions and logical reasoning in Grade R
Creator Bezuidenhout, Hanrie S. Henning, Elizabeth
Subject Education Early numeracy; mathematics-specific vocabulary; number concept development; executive functions; logical reasoning; early grades pedagogy; Grade R
Description The current quantitative study, a naturalistic field experiment, was conducted in a public primary school in Soweto, Johannesburg, with the objective to examine how children’s achievement on four assessments at the beginning of Grade R, namely their numeracy, their mathematics-specific vocabulary, their executive functions, and their logical reasoning capabilities, predicted their performance on a numeracy assessment at the beginning of Grade 1. A purposive intact group of 59 participants was assessed at the beginning of their Grade R year and again when they entered Grade 1. The results of the study indicate that, apart from existing or prior numeracy knowledge at the beginning of Grade R, mathematics-specific vocabulary was the strongest predictor for numeracy attainment at the beginning of Grade 1. We suggest that early grade teachers consider young children’s number concept development as a cognitive, developmental psychology phenomenon and that they help learners build a lexicon of mathematics-specific qualifiers in their teaching with words that represent concepts of, among others, space, position, comparison, inclusion, sequence and magnitude.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor The financial assistance of the South African National Research Foundation (NRF. Grant number. 98573), South Africa, towards this research is hereby acknowledged. Opinions expressed and conclusions arrived at, are those of the authors and are not necessar
Date 2022-09-15
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — naturalistic field experiment
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v43i1.646
Source Pythagoras; Vol 43, No 1 (2022); 8 pages 2223-7895 1012-2346
Language eng
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Coverage — — Grade R and Grade 1; Sesotho and isiZulu
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Hanrie S. Bezuidenhout, Elizabeth Henning