Intuition and Ability

  1. New research suggests that very simple numerical exercises (like determining how many pencils are in each pile of pencils) can significantly improve children’s math solving ability
  2. In the study, first graders who estimated the amount of objects in a pile did approximately a grade better on a subsequent test than the control group
  3. The study is one of the first to demonstrate how cultivating intuition in children can lead to enhanced mathematical performance
Source: Daniel C. Hyde, Saeeda Khanum, Elizabeth S. Spelke. Brief non-symbolic, approximate number practice enhances subsequent exact symbolic arithmetic in children. Cognition, 2014

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