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South African Journal of Childhood Education

On-line version ISSN 2223-7682
Print version ISSN 2223-7674


WRIGHT, Robert J.. Assessing early numeracy: Significance, trends, nomenclature, context, key topics, learning framework and assessment tasks. SAJCE [online]. 2013, vol.3, n.2, pp.21-40. ISSN 2223-7682.

This article describes a comprehensive and novel approach to assessment in early numeracy. Topics include the significance of early numeracy, developing a nomenclature for early numeracy, and describing the context for the development of this approach to assessment. The largely unrealised importance of numerals and numeral sequences in early numeracy, the significance of counting and its distinction from saying a number word sequence, the important topics of structuring numbers in the range 1 to 20 and conceptual place value, the Learning Framework in Number and its use in profiling children's early numeracy knowledge, and important assessment tasks are explored.

Keywords : assessment; counting; early arithmetic; learning framework; number; numerals.

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