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The Child’s Understanding of Number

The Child’s Understanding of Number

Rochel Gelman, C. R. Gallistel

ISBN 9780674116375

Publication date: 01/01/1986

The authors report the results of some half dozen years of research into when and how children acquire numerical skills. They provide a new set of answers to these questions, and overturn much of the traditional wisdom on the subject.


  • The publication of this book may mark a sea change in the way that we think about cognitive development. For the past two decades, the emphasis has been on young children’s limitations… Now a new trend is emerging: to challenge the original assumption of young children’s cognitive incapacity. The Child’s Understanding of Number represents the most original and provocative manifestation to date of this new trend.

    —Contemporary Psychology

Book Details

  • 280 pages
  • 6 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press