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ERIC Number: EJ969804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1836-9391
Learning to Measure Length in the First Three Years of School
McDonough, Andrea; Sullivan, Peter
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, v36 n3 p27-35 Sep 2011
Much research on early measurement learning is small-scale and dependent on the items used. While such research is helpful for indicating the key aspects of learning length, it does not give teachers a clear indication of the expectations for student learning of them. This paper presents substantial data from a large project that used individual interviews to assess student learning against "growth points" or key stages in children's learning, over a range of domains including length. Data from interviews conducted twice a year with more than 1000 children in each of the first three years of school are used to indicate appropriate targets for student achievement. Basically it is suggested that the key targets for the learning of length in the first three years of school are, respectively, learning to compare, learning to use a unit iteratively, and measuring using formal units. (Contains 4 tables.)
Early Childhood Australia. P.O. Box 7105, Watson, ACT 2602, Australia. Tel: +61-2-6242-1800; Fax: +61-2-6242-1818; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A