Influences of cultural artifacts and social practices on number conceptualisation

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dc.contributor.author Zebian, Samar
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-12T10:16:33Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-12T10:16:33Z
dc.date.copyright 2000 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-10-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/8619
dc.description.abstract The current investigations coordinate math cognition and cross-cultural approaches to mathematical thinking to examine the linkages between numeric and non-numeric processes, and how these linkages are modified by cultural artifacts such as writing and by socially situated math numeracy practices. Two main studies investigate these issues. The first study examined whether Arabic right-left writing practices and English left-right practices influence the spatial orientation of the mental number line. Extending Dehaene et al's., line of research, the current investigation examined the influences of the Arabic right-to-left writing system on number conceptualisation in three groups: an Arabic Monoliterate group who read and write from right-to-left, a Adult Arabic-English Biliterate group, an English Monoliterate group. Two additional groups, a Lebanese Illiterate group who could read numbers only and a Child Arabic-English Biliterate group, were investigated to examine how level of language skill affects the mental number line. The second separate line of research extended studies by Saxe (1991) which found that Brazilian child street sellers, who have little school-based literacy skills, were not skilled at identifying Arabic numerals presented in isolation without a bill context. In the current series of studies, the speeded bill and numeral recognition and conceptualisation processes of two Lebanese Seller groups, a Traditional and Modernising group and two Non-Seller control groups was investigated. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Influences of cultural artifacts and social practices on number conceptualisation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Experimental and ethnographic approaches to everyday numeric cognition en_US
dc.author.degree PHD en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200703289 en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.description.physdesc xi, 168 p. ill. en_US
dc.author.advisor Denny, Peter J.
dc.author.advisor Kartz, Albert
dc.identifier.ctation Zebian, S. (2001). Influences of cultural artifacts and social practices on number conceptualization: experimental and ethnographic approaches to everyday numeric cognition (Doctoral dissertation). en_US
dc.author.email samar.zebian@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://search.proquest.com/pqdtglobal/docview/304772177/fulltextPDF/13D5D647E6984021PQ/1?accountid=27870 en_US
dc.publisher.institution The University of Western Ontario en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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