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ERIC Number: ED453166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 20
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From Informal Strategies to Structured Procedures: Mind the Gap!
Anghileri, Julia; Beishuizen, Meindert
This paper explores written calculation methods for solving division problems used by students in England and the Netherlands at two points in the same school year. It analyzes informal strategies and identifies progression toward more structured procedures that result from different teaching approaches. Comparison of the methods used by fifth grade students in the two countries shows greater success with the Dutch approach, which is based on careful progression from informal strategies to more structured and efficient procedures. This success is particularly significant for the girls in the sample. For the English students, whose written solutions largely involve the traditional algorithm, the discontinuity between the formal computation procedure and informal solutions strategies presents difficulties. In addition to the influences of different teaching approaches, strategies and facilities are associated with the presence or absence of a context and the nature of the numbers involved. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (England)