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Historical Trends and Current Issues

Kelly S. Mix, Janellen Huttenlocher and Susan Cohen Levine

in Quantitative Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195123005
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123005.003.0001
Historical Trends and Current Issues

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This chapter outlines the history of research on quantitative development and identifies empirical questions and theoretical issues that have emerged from this literature. The review begins with Piaget's seminal work on early childhood numeracy. It then summarizes the major criticisms of this work, and identifies ways in which it set the stage for demonstrations of quantitative reasoning in young children and infants. Next, a description is provided of the major issues addressed in each of the subsequent chapters; issues that emerge from the tension between Piaget's rather pessimistic view of early childhood numeracy and more optimistic accounts based on recent findings with infants.

Keywords: Piaget; numeracy; conservation; infancy; nativist accounts

Chapter.  2099 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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