5-year-olds can do basic algebra: Study
A new study has revealed that most preschoolers and kindergarteners can solve basic algebra questions before even entering a math class.
The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has found that children between 4 and 6, can do basic algebra naturally.
According to the research, the kids are able to solve questions when the algebra problem is acted out by two furry stuffed animals, using "magic cups" filled with objects like buttons, plastic doll shoes and pennies.
Lisa Feigenson, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences said that one possibility behind young kids solving algebra is that formal algebra relies on memorized rules and symbols.
Feigenson added that one of the exciting future directions for this research could be if telling teachers that children have gut level ability might help in encouraging students to harness these skills, giving them a wedge into the system.
The study was published in the journal Developmental Science.
(Posted on 09-03-2014)