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

Kevin Muldoon, Charlie Lewis, Norman Freeman

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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. © 2008 Cambridge University Press.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)663-664
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume31
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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