Developing an instrument to assess the number sense of young children

Year: 2004

Author: Beswick, Kim, Muir, Tracey, McIntosh, Alistair

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper reports on an initial Australian trial of one module, relating to Counting, of an instrument developed in collaboration with a team at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The instrument consists of four modules assessing various aspects of number sense and applicable to children across grades one to three. The results of the trial revealed some interesting insights into the number sense of the children involved as well as raising a number of possibilities regarding the further enhancement and potential usefulness of the instrument. There appears to be merit in developing English versions applicable in the Australian context, of the remaining three modules.