Impediments to Kindergarten Children Identifying Geometric Shapes

  • Marija Vorkapić University of Belgrade, Teacher Education Faculty
  • Jasmina Milinković Milinković University of Belgrade, Teacher Education Faculty
  • Mila Milošević Milošević University of Belgrade, Teacher Education Faculty
Keywords: a non-example, distractor, geometrical shape, properties of geometric shapes, kindergarten children.


Research shows that children aged 3 to 6 years do not fully grasp the concept of geometric shapes. This paper aims to examine children’s intuitive knowledge of triangles and squares. We analysed the effects of distractors on identification and the neglected properties of (non)examples. The purpose of the study was to establish the developmental path in the identification of shapes. It was operationalized by determining types of interfering distractors in shape recognition and properties neglected. The data obtained from individual interviews were processed by the method of statistical and descriptive qualitative analysis. A classification was made of distractors and properties of non-examples affecting identification.


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How to Cite
Vorkapić M., Milinković J. M., & Milošević M. M. (2024). Impediments to Kindergarten Children Identifying Geometric Shapes . Journal of Elementary Education, 17(1), 85-122.