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Dietz, Charles – Perspectives in Education and Deafness, 1993
Strategies for rapid mental computation are explained, including multiplying by 11 (or 21, 31, etc.); adding columns of numbers; and multiplying 2-digit numbers. Rapid mental computation is suggested as a motivator for investigating the underlying mathematical principles. (DB)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Computation, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies
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Hampel, Paul J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984
A program is given which offers students a chance to practice mental computation and judge the effects of various rules for formating output. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education
McIntosh, Alistair; And Others – 1995
This study was conducted to obtain information related to mental computation from students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 in Western Australia. The numbers of subjects were 163, 163, 163 and 152 in years 3, 5, 7, and 9, respectively. The research was designed to provide three different perspectives of mental computation: (1) a survey of the kinds of…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Computation, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education
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McIntosh, Alistair; And Others – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1995
Study of the performance of nearly 2,000 students in grades 2 through 9 on a variety of mental computation tasks using visual and oral presentation found a wide variation in performance within the sample of each country at each grade level. (33 references) (MKR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Computation, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary School Students
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Reys, Robert E.; And Others – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 1995
Assessed attitude, computational preferences, and mental computational performance of 176, 187, 186, and 206 Japanese students in grades 2, 4, 6, and 8, respectively. Found wide ranges of performance on mental computation, that visual modes of presentation increased performance levels, and a narrow range of strategies. Contains assessments. (37…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Computation, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education
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Payne, Joseph N., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1987
Four worksheets and teaching suggestions are presented, with the focus on mental computation for levels 2-3; factors, levels 3-4; and nonroutine problems, levels 5-6 and 7-8. (MNS)
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities
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Ockenga, Earl; Duea, Joan – Arithmetic Teacher, 1983
Four activities focus on estimation and mental computation. Each consists of a game that can be used on an overhead projector. The content involved finding costs and estimating sums, products, and percents. (MNS)
Descriptors: Addition, Class Activities, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics
Schoen, Harold L., Ed.; Zweng, Marilyn J., Ed. – 1986
This yearbook responds to the growing recognition among mathematics educators of the importance of teaching and learning estimation. It makes a strong case for the importance of estimation in such domains as numerosity, computation, and measurement. An important theme is the interdependency between the process of estimating in a particular domain…
Descriptors: Computation, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
Silver, Edward A. – 1990
This paper discusses the central thesis that new research on estimation and mental computation will benefit from more focused attention on the situations in which they are used. In the first section of the paper, a brief discussion of cognitive theory, with special attention to the emerging notion of situated cognition is presented. Three sources…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Context Effect, Division
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Raschke, Donna; Dedrick, Charles – Teaching Exceptional Children, 1986
Two activities are described which simulate for educators, papraprofessionals, parents, and students, learning problems encountered by students with special educational needs. The activities, modifications of Simon Says and Around the World, emphasize auditory processing skills and mental mathematical computations. (CL)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities
McIntosh, Alistair – Mathematics Teaching, 1980
More mental computation and organized and enjoyable activities to practice such skills are advocated. Suggestions for brief sessions involving challenging questions and quick recall of number facts are presented. The author presents and comments on several sample lessons designed for a wide range of student abilities. (MP)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Computation, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bazik, Edna F.; Tucker, Benny F. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1982
The material is designed for pupil practice in: (1) associating numerals with sets of objects and finding sums of two or three numbers; (2) subtracting, one- and two-digit numbers with some regrouping; (3) mental computation using the basic operations; and (4) using combinations of basic operations with whole numbers and decimals. (MP)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Drills (Practice), Elementary Secondary Education, Instruction
Barton, Bill, Ed.; Irwin, Kathryn C., Ed.; Pfannkuch, Maxine, Ed.; Thomas, Michael O. J., Ed. – 2002
This document contains the proceedings of the 25th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia (MERGA) held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The focus of this meeting is mathematics education in the South Pacific. Presentations are centered around the topic of numeracy in primary or elementary school.…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Suydam, Marilyn N., Ed. – 1983
These two bulletins were developed for the Calculator Information Center. "Motivating Activities for Low (and Higher) Achievers," prepared by Don Miller, presents activities that suggest ways in which a calculator can be used to help reinforce or develop certain mathematical ideas. Included are sections with activities for numeration, mental…
Descriptors: Calculators, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials
Mathematics Education Dialogues, 1999
This focuses on movements to asses learning what is basic at various levels: movements to align curriculum to standards at all levels, and familial pressures to guarantee that children's mathematics education includes the mathematics of the future. This newsletter provides 15 articles on the above theme: (1) "What's Basic in Math Education: A…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Knowledge Level
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