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Verbal count sequence knowledge underpins numeral order processing in children

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posted on 14.04.2021, 14:27 authored by Camilla GilmoreCamilla Gilmore, Sophie Batchelor
Recent research has suggested that numeral order processing – the speed and accuracy with which individuals can determine whether a set of digits is in numerical order or not – is related to arithmetic and mathematics outcomes. It has therefore been proposed that ordinal relations are a fundamental property of symbolic numeral representations. However, order information is also inherent in the verbal count sequence, and thus verbal count sequence knowledge may instead explain the relationship between performance on numeral order tasks and arithmetic. We explored this question with 62 children aged 6- to 8-years-old. We found that performance on a verbal count sequence knowledge task explained the relationship between numeral order processing and arithmetic. Moreover many children appeared to explicitly base their judgments of numerical order on count sequence information. This suggests that insufficient attention may have been paid to verbal number knowledge in understanding the sources of information that give meaning to numbers.

Funding

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Acta Psychologica

Volume

216

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

02/03/2021

Publication date

2021-04-07

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0001-6918

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Camilla Gilmore. Deposit date: 2 March 2021

Article number

103294