Intuitive and Informal Knowledge in Preschoolers’ Development of Probabilistic Thinking

Nikiforidou, Zoi (2013) Intuitive and Informal Knowledge in Preschoolers’ Development of Probabilistic Thinking. International Journal of Early Childhood, 45 (3). pp. 347-357. ISSN 0020-7187

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Preschoolers develop a wide range of mathematical informal knowledge and intuitive thinking before they enter formal, goal-oriented education. In their everyday activities young children get engaged with situations that enhance them to develop skills, concepts, strategies, representations, attitudes, constructs and operations concerning a wide range of mathematical notions. Recently there is scientific interest in linking children’s informal and formal knowledge in order to provide them with opportunities to avoid biases aiming at formulating, perceiving, reflecting on and exercising probabilistic notions. The current study investigates preschoolers’ (N=90) intuitive understanding of the likelihood of events in a probabilistic task with spinners. Participants, at the age of 4 to 6, are tested on their predictions of the most probable outcome prior to and after an instructive session of reasoning. The
probabilistic task, based on constructivist principles, includes methodological alterations concerning the sample space and the themes of the stimuli. Educational implications are further discussed under the general point of view that in order to link informal to formal mathematical learning in preschool classroom, the subject
content and the cognitive capacity of children are important to match.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of a published article on Springer's website. "The final publication is available at"
Keywords: Informal knowledge, Intuitive thinking, Probabilistic thinking, Preschool education
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Zoi Nikiforidou
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 13:47
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2018 16:50

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