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Don't throw the baby out with the math water: Why discounting the developmental foundations of early numeracy is premature and unnecessary

Muldoon, Kevin and Lewis, Charlie and Freeman, Norman (2008) Don't throw the baby out with the math water: Why discounting the developmental foundations of early numeracy is premature and unnecessary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (6). pp. 663-664. ISSN 0140-525X

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    Abstract

    We see no grounds for insisting that, because the concept natural number is abstract, its foundations must be innate. It is possible to specify domain general learning processes that feed into more abstract concepts of numerical infinity. By neglecting the messiness of children's slow acquisition of arithmetical concepts. Rips et al. present an idealized, unnecessarily insular, view of number development.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BBS The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (6), pp 663-664 2008, © 2008 Cambridge University Press.
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 55498
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 11:22
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:42
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55498

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