ERIC Number: EJ793918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 3
Individual Interviews as Insight into Children's Computational Thinking
Higgins, Heidi J.; Wiest, Lynda R.
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v11 n1 p25-29 2006
Teachers who believe "practice makes perfect" may engage students in repetitive, perhaps timed, computational exercises. If educators teach students to understand the procedures they practice, however, they will not need as much drill and they will have more flexible use of the computations they perform. Three-quarters of a century ago, William Brownell began arguing for meaningful arithmetic. In this article, the authors describe some of Brownell's ideas about children's understanding of school arithmetic. They include transcripts of Brownell-inspired individual interviews with two second-grade students that illustrate one method for assessing computational understanding.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Arithmetic, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Logic, Computation, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Interviews, Grade 2, Comprehension, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2
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