Counting and Measuring: An Approach to Number Education in the Infant School

Counting and Measuring: An Approach to Number Education in the Infant School

by Eileen Churchill


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The teaching of numbers in the primary grades is seen in this book as the foundation of the beginnings of mathematical understanding. Mathematics is taken to be a language, and the aim of its teaching is to make the pupil, so to speak, bilingual, or so to increase his understanding that he is able to translate a concrete numerical problem into the symbolic language of calculation. For a child taught along these lines, how much easier, for example, would be the transition from arithmetic to algebra!

Miss Churchill is fully conversant with the works of Piaget, Cuisenaire, Cassirer and other leading thinkers in educational philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. She has synthesized their concepts with her own experience and research at Leeds University, and, though written within the contexts of British education, her book should also have a marked influence on the teaching of young children in North America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442639140
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Series: Heritage
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Eileen Churchill is a psychologist and a teacher. From 1933 to 1945 she was teaching in junior and grammar schools and since then she has been concerned with the training of infant-school teachers. She is now a lecturer at the Leicester University Institute of Education. Her book is based on the insight she gained through her experience as a teacher and as a research student in Leeds University Department of Psychology.

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