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postgraduate thesis: Nonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic performance : an investigation on first-grade children with and without mathematics difficulties

TitleNonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic performance : an investigation on first-grade children with and without mathematics difficulties
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Tang, W. J. [鄧偉茵]. (2012). Nonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic performance : an investigation on first-grade children with and without mathematics difficulties. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5156763
AbstractThis study examined the nonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing in Chinese first graders with marked mathematics difficulties (MD) and typically achieving peers. The approximate number system (ANS) view has suggested that children with MD may have deficit in the internal representation of magnitudes. Chinese first-graders with MD were compared with age-matched typically achieving children on approximate numerical comparison, approximate addition and multiplication tasks. Children with MD were found to perform significantly worse than their age-matched controls in all tasks. Students before formal instruction in multiplication yielded an above-chance level of performance in approximate multiplication task, which suggested the existence of approximate multiplicative ability. After formal instruction in multiplication, the MD group performed significantly worse than controls in approximate multiplication task and arithmetic tests. Only normally achieving children showed significant improvement after formal instruction. This study provided further evidence for an intuitive numerical processing in arithmetic operation, and the result had significant implication to the diagnosis of MD and intervention on mathematics difficulties.
DegreeMaster of Social Sciences
SubjectMathematical ability in children
Dept/ProgramEducational Psychology
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/196514

 

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dc.contributor.authorTang, Wai-yan, Jacqueline-
dc.contributor.author鄧偉茵-
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-14T23:16:31Z-
dc.date.available2014-04-14T23:16:31Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationTang, W. J. [鄧偉茵]. (2012). Nonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic performance : an investigation on first-grade children with and without mathematics difficulties. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5156763-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/196514-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the nonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing in Chinese first graders with marked mathematics difficulties (MD) and typically achieving peers. The approximate number system (ANS) view has suggested that children with MD may have deficit in the internal representation of magnitudes. Chinese first-graders with MD were compared with age-matched typically achieving children on approximate numerical comparison, approximate addition and multiplication tasks. Children with MD were found to perform significantly worse than their age-matched controls in all tasks. Students before formal instruction in multiplication yielded an above-chance level of performance in approximate multiplication task, which suggested the existence of approximate multiplicative ability. After formal instruction in multiplication, the MD group performed significantly worse than controls in approximate multiplication task and arithmetic tests. Only normally achieving children showed significant improvement after formal instruction. This study provided further evidence for an intuitive numerical processing in arithmetic operation, and the result had significant implication to the diagnosis of MD and intervention on mathematics difficulties.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.subject.lcshMathematical ability in children-
dc.titleNonsymbolic numerical magnitude processing and arithmetic performance : an investigation on first-grade children with and without mathematics difficulties-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5156763-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Social Sciences-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineEducational Psychology-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5156763-
dc.date.hkucongregation2012-

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