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Spatial scaling, proportional thinking, and numerical understanding in 5- to 7-year-old children

    22.12.2017
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  • Cognitive Development. - 2018, vol. 45, p. 57-67
English The present study investigated the role of spatial scaling and proportional-reasoning skills in children’s number-line estimations. Proportional strategies in number-line estimations might suggest that correlations between number-line knowledge and scaling are driven by proportional thinking. However, analyses of data on spatial scaling, proportional reasoning, counting skills, and number-line knowledge from 5- to 7-year-old children (N = 65) showed significant correlations between spatial-scaling performance and number-line knowledge, even after age, counting skills, common method variance, and proportional reasoning were accounted for. Thus, spatial scaling is related to variance in number-line estimations due to mechanisms beyond proportional reasoning. The ability to mentally transform magnitudes may be the additional common underlying process.
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Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
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Département de Psychologie
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  • English
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Psychology
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