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ERIC Number: EJ889865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Are They Learning Their Tables?
Sugarman, Ian
Mathematics Teaching, n218 p19-21 May 2010
It is a pity that for so many people not involved in Teaching, and for a surprising number who are, mathematics in schools is "chiefly" all about the ability to know a set of facts, multiplication tables and addition bonds in particular, rather than the capacity to reason and explore patterns and relationships in Number and Shape. Despite the fact that the author's own interest in the subject stems from the possibilities afforded by the latter, for many years now he has seen the need to devise efficient methods to help children acquire a knowledge of the basic facts. It is easy to see how much easier it is to be a confident mental calculator when one doesn't have to work them out but can recall facts instantly. It is "part of" having a feel for number. In this article, the author tells about a piece of software he has developed to help improve pupil's recall of table facts. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom