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Assessing early numeracy: Significance, trends, nomenclature, context, key topics, learning framework and assessment tasks

Robert J Wright
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 3, No 2 | a38 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v3i2.38 | © 2013 Robert J Wright | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 May 2014 | Published: 30 December 2013

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Robert J Wright, Widener University

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This article describes a comprehensive and novel approach to assessment in early numeracy. Topics include the significance of early numeracy, developing a nomenclature for early numeracy, and describing the context for the development of this approach to assessment. The largely unrealised importance of numerals and numeral sequences in early numeracy, the significance of counting and its distinction from saying a number word sequence, the important topics of structuring numbers in the range 1 to 20 and conceptual place value, the Learning Framework in Number and its use in profiling children’s early numeracy knowledge, and important assessment tasks are explored.


assessment, counting, early arithmetic, learning framework, number, numerals


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