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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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STURSA, Daiana; QUEIROZ, Sávio Silveira de  and  ENUMO, Sônia Regina Fiorim. Investigation of the notion of conservation of discreet quantities between premature and full term pre-school children by means of the game of domino. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2010, vol.20, n.2, pp. 238-249. ISSN 0104-1282.

Considered of great risk to a child's development, prematurity and low birth weight are elements that may affect neurological, cognitive, sensorial and motor development children. Literature points Mathematics as the most damaged academic area to the premature and low weight newborn in preschool age. This research has investigated if children in the age group of 5 to 5 years and 11 months old, that were born premature and with low weight, present the notion of conservation of discreet quantities. For that, 24 children were analyzed; 12 premature and with low birth weight (G1 - PT-BP) and 12 born to term and with birth weight above 2,500g (G2 - AT), through the Piagetian Operative Test of Correspondence one to one and the game Domino. The procedure of data collection was accomplished in four filmed sessions - one for the application of Piagetian Operative Test and three for the Domino matches. During the data collection, questions based on the Piagetian Clinical Method were asked. Descriptive and statistical analyses were used to deal with the data. The results point to a similar development between the participants of G1 (PT-BT) and G2 (AT) in both instruments used, and that the notion of conservation of discreet quantities is not fully constructed, concerning what was expected for the age, according to the parameters of Genetic Epistemology.

Keywords : Prematurity; low birth weight; notion of conservation; game domino; genetic epistemology.

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