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Shared Developmental Trajectories for Fractional Reasoning and Fine Motor Ability in 4 and 5 Year-Olds

Version 1 : Received: 30 December 2020 / Approved: 31 December 2020 / Online: 31 December 2020 (12:42:34 CET)

How to cite: Clark, L.; Shelley-Tremblay, J.; Cwikla, J. Shared Developmental Trajectories for Fractional Reasoning and Fine Motor Ability in 4 and 5 Year-Olds. Preprints 2020, 2020120802 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0802.v1). Clark, L.; Shelley-Tremblay, J.; Cwikla, J. Shared Developmental Trajectories for Fractional Reasoning and Fine Motor Ability in 4 and 5 Year-Olds. Preprints 2020, 2020120802 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0802.v1).

Abstract

We investigated preschool-aged children’s understanding of early fractional tasks and how that performance correlates with fine motor skills and use of gestures while counting. Participants were 33 preschoolers aged 4 to 5 in two Southeastern public elementary schools. Children were tested individually in an interview-like setting. Mathematics tasks were presented in a paper and pencil format and the Grooved Pegboard test assessed fine motor skills. Finally, utilization of gestures was evaluated by taking a behavioral rating of the child’s hand morphology, accuracy of gestures, and synchrony of gestures and spoken word while performing a counting task. Results indicate performance on fractional reasoning tasks significantly predicts both fine motor ability and accuracy of gestures.

Subject Areas

numerical cognition; fractional reasoning; fine motor ability; gesture

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