Childrens understanding and use of inversion in arithmetic

In this presentation, I consider the origins and the extent of children’s understanding of the inverse relation between addition and subtraction. I argue that this understanding might have its origins in children’s informal experiences with physical matter but I also show that it is possible to impr...

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Main Author: Bryant, Peter
Format: artículo científico
Language: Inglés
Published: Universidad de Costa Rica 2014
Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/cifem/article/view/14728
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/18831
Summary: In this presentation, I consider the origins and the extent of children’s understanding of the inverse relation between addition and subtraction. I argue that this understanding might have its origins in children’s informal experiences with physical matter but I also show that it is possible to improve children’s grasp of inversion through teaching. I also show that his teaching has beneficial effects on children’s solutions to sophisticated word problems in which the arithmetical operation that is need for the solution is not immediately obvious.