**ERIC Number:**EJ972360

**Record Type:**Journal

**Publication Date:**2010-Sep

**Pages:**3

**Abstractor:**ERIC

**Reference Count:**10

**ISBN:**N/A

**ISSN:**ISSN-0025-5785

Teaching Activities

Samuelson, Joakim

Mathematics Teaching, n219 p36-38 Sep 2010

The field of mathematics is complex, areas such as arithmetic, and geometry each consist of several sub-domains and encompass many cognitive processes. Achievement tests for elementary pupils assess a wide range of arithmetic skills such as number sense, procedural knowledge, and using problem solving strategies. Although mathematical tests often assess diverse mathematical skills, this data is often summarized as a single "total score" supposedly describing mathematical knowledge. Even though relatively little is known about the phenotypic relationships between mathematical skills, less is known about the impact of different teaching strategies on the development of different mathematical skills. Often a global assessment of mathematics is used, by a researcher, when they report the impact of teaching methods. One hypothesis is that different activities give rise to different cognitive processes and therefore are more effective at targeting different mathematical competencies. In this study, the effectiveness of three different structured methods for teaching children arithmetic, at the beginning of grade 7 (13 years of age), was examined--arithmetic ability, calculation and quantitative concept, and students' self-regulated learning skills in mathematics. Internal and instrumental motivation, self-concept and anxiety, were used as dependent variables.

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Achievement Tests, Problem Solving, Grade 7, Mathematics Skills, Arithmetic, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics, Cognitive Processes, Secondary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Self Management

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**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Reports - Research

**Education Level:**Grade 7; Middle Schools

**Audience:**N/A

**Language:**English

**Sponsor:**N/A

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**Identifiers - Location:**Sweden