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Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget's Theory


reviewed by J. Philip Smith 1986

coverTitle: Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget's Theory
Author(s): Constance Kazuko Kamii, Georgia DeClark
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0807727075, Pages: , Year: 1985
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From a Piagetian perspective, how should arithmetic be taught to first graders? Piaget himself offered little advice to teachers other than encouraging them to direct attention to activities that permit children’s autonomous development. When once asked, during a visit to New York City, how to speed up the child’s understanding of conservation, the great Swiss psychologist is said to have replied, “That’s an American dilemma. I refuse to be concerned.” Kamii’s book, which may be viewed as a scholarly methods text for teachers of young children, provides guidance and insight to those concerned with using Piagetian theories in the classroom. Our profession would be the richer had we a number of such carefully crafted works offering a balance between theory, simply and accurately stated, and reports of actual practice based on that theory. In the latter regard, significant portions of Young Children have been written by or in collaboration with DeClark,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 1, 1986, p. 110-112
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 638, Date Accessed: 7/15/2018 11:12:01 PM

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