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Early proportional reasoning abilities: The role of relational preference

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Recent literature suggests that children develop proportional reasoning abilities at an earlier age than traditionally assumed. It also indicates that children’s preference for additive and multiplicative relations plays a role in this development. In this study we investigated four-to nine-year olds’ proportional reasoning abilities in missing-value proportional reasoning problems, and how these are related to the extent of their preference for additive and multiplicative relations. Having a multiplicative preference was a significant predictor for proportional reasoning abilities, but surprisingly an additive preference was a significant predictor too. It seems that at this young age, an additive preference is not a barrier for proportional reasoning abilities. Rather, along with a multiplicative preference it is a facilitator for this ability.
Boek: Proceedings of the 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 3)
Pagina's: 414 - 421
Jaar van publicatie:2019