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By Savannah Gordon, Psychology; Heather Stephens, Psychology
Advisor: Heidi Kloos
Presentation ID: PM_C17
Abstract: Children often lack motivation and competence when it comes to math and math practice. Ideal practice should be individualized, fun, and provide choices. Exposure to math at an early age is vital for later proficiency. Often times children fall into the snowball effect, where they fall behind more and more as they continue on. We believe that encouraging children to be confident when completing math problems will increase their potential aptness later in life. Yet, there are too few opportunities for young children to build a math foundation and become independent math thinkers. We will highlight why independent math competence is important and demonstrate how it can be developed through the use of touch-screen tablets. This research is aimed to raise awareness of math proficiency in young children.The Children's Cognitive Research Lab coined the term 'Modulative Practice' to describe the ideal way math should be practiced. Modulative practice allows children to make choices and express autonomy, while also providing the opportunity for individual growth. Math proficiency and competence is a valuable necessity that needs more attention.