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ERIC Number: EJ775322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
The Soroban
Markarian, Kimie
Mathematics Teaching, n185 p22-25 Dec 2003
In this article, the author discusses the Soroban (Japanese abacus) in the age of computers and its structure. Since the advent of computers, the Soroban has started to shift from being used purely as a calculating device to being a useful tool in general mathematics education. The beauty of the Soroban is that it represents numbers exactly as you write them. Furthermore Soroban beads help to create concrete images of numbers, with which one can perform mental calculations. As there are only five beads per column, the Soroban reduces the amounts of information the mind has to retain. The visual representation of numbers by patterns of beads is easy to remember and helps with mental calculations. The use of the Soroban involves visual, auditory and kinesthetic processes. It not only instils into the user a clear grasp of numbers but also primes them for further learning. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A