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Debrenti, Edith; László, Beáta – Acta Didactica Napocensia, 2020
Our research focuses on developing elementary students' mental computation skills with the help of card games. Choosing this area of study was motivated by our personal experiences, namely, that mathematics programmes of study do not lay emphasis on this aspect; there are too few hours dedicated to developing this skill, and several mental…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Cognitive Development, Games, Mathematics Instruction
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Erdem, Emrullah – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The current study examines the mental computation performance owned by students at fifth grade. This study was carried out with 118 fifth graders (11-12-year-olds) studying at 3 randomly selected primary schools that served low and middle socio-economic areas in a city of Turkey. "Mental Computation Test (MCT)" has been used to reach how…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Gürbüz, Ramazan; Erdem, Emrullah – Cogent Education, 2016
Mental computation and mathematical reasoning are two intertwined top-level mental activities. In deciding which strategy to use when doing mental computing, mathematical reasoning is essential. From this reciprocal influence, the current study aims at examining the relationship between mental computation and mathematical reasoning. The study was…
Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Aptitude, Mental Computation
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Torbeyns, Joke; Verschaffel, Lieven – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2016
This study analyzed children's use of mental computation strategies and the standard algorithm on multi-digit subtractions. Fifty-eight Flemish 4th graders of varying mathematical achievement level were individually offered subtractions that either stimulated the use of mental computation strategies or the standard algorithm in one choice and two…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Mathematical Logic, Subtraction, Grade 4
Joung, Eunmi – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this research is to explore preservice teachers' attitudes and beliefs towards mathematics, mental and written computations, and mental computation anxiety, to investigate their use of different mental computation strategies using different approaches (i.e., Direct Teaching (DT) and Open-Approach (OA)) among the three different…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Mathematics Instruction
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Whitacre, Ian – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2015
This study investigated the sets of mental computation strategies used by prospective elementary teachers to compute sums and differences of whole numbers. In the context of an intervention designed to improve the number sense of prospective elementary teachers, participants were interviewed pre/post, and their mental computation strategies were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mental Computation, Elementary Education, Numbers
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Yilmaz, Ozgur; Bayraktar, Duygu Mutlu – International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 2018
This article investigates the effect of kinesthetic educational game on students' mental computation speed. A Solomon four-group design was used to avoid the influence of pretest-posttest design. In order to determine which grade is appropriate for this game, a pilot study was conducted with 30 students. As for the main study, 123 students…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Computer Games, Kinesthetic Methods, Comparative Analysis
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Liu, Allison S.; Kallai, Arava Y.; Schunn, Christian D.; Fiez, Julie A. – Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
Mathematical fluency is important for academic and mathematical success. Fluency training programs have typically focused on fostering retrieval, which leads to math performance that does not reliably transfer to non-trained problems. More recent studies have focused on training number understanding and representational precision, but few have…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Transfer of Training
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Yang, Der-Ching; Huang, Ke-Lun – Journal of Educational Research, 2014
The authors compared the mental computation performance and mental strategies used by an experimental Grade 2 class and a control Grade 2 class before and after instructional intervention. Results indicate that students in the experimental group had better performance on mental computation. The use of mental strategies (counting, separation,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Computation, Grade 2, Intervention
Russo, James – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015
In this article James Russo presents the Strategies, Understanding, Reading and Fast Facts Framework (SURF) for mental computation. He explains how this framework can be used to deepen mathematical understanding and build mental flexibility.
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Mathematics Achievement
Dole, Shelley; Carmichael, Peter; Thiele, Catherine; Simpson, Jenny; O'Toole, Christine – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2018
This paper reports on results of a targeted and extended (two school terms) program for building Grade 3 and Grade 4 students' facility with number facts and application for mental computation. As part of a larger project, this paper reports results from two schools. Results indicated strong gains in number fact recall and mental computation for…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Skill Development
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Day, Lorraine; Hurrell, Derek – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015
Lorraine Day and Derek Hurrell provide a convincing argument for using arrays to promote students' understandings of mental computation strategies for multiplication. They also provide a range of different examples that illustrate the benefits of arrays in the primary classroom.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Computation
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Heirdsfield, Ann Margaret – Young Children, 2011
Mental computation--that is, calculating in the head--is a relatively new topic in mathematics curricula for primary-age children. It is an important skill because it enables children to learn more deeply how numbers work, make decisions about procedures, and create strategies for calculating, thus promoting number sense--a well-developed…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills
Downton, Ann; Russo, James; Hopkins, Sarah – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2019
We report on 25 Year 5-6 students' written responses to two items taken from an assessment of mental computation fluency with multiplication, alongside their reasoning of the strategy they had employed, which may or may not have made use of the associative property. Coding of this interview data revealed four distinct levels of conceptual…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Elementary School Mathematics
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Naresh, Nirmala; Presmeg, Norma – PNA, 2012
Researchers who have carried out studies pertaining to mental computation and everyday mathematics point out that adults and children reason intuitively based upon experiences within specific contexts; they use invented strategies of their own to solve real-life problems. We draw upon research areas of mental computation and everyday mathematics…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Adults, Mathematics, Qualitative Research
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