Education in Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

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Readiness for Abstraction

Abstract concepts are frequently represented by symbols or mathematical expressions, and until students are familiar with this technique of representation and have had practice in it they will find the process confusing and artificial. There is evidence that the process is difficult for children at all levels in the territory. One experiment asking children to make a map of their journey from home to school showed good sense of direction but little of specialised and selective representation that mapping entails.


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