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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

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

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

Kuldas, Seffetullah; Sinnakaudan, Santi; Hashim, Shahabuddin; Ghazali, Munirah – Education 3-13, 2017

Although the early development of children's number sense is a strong predictor of their later mathematics achievements, it has been overlooked in primary schools in Malaysia. Mainly attributable to underdeveloped number sense of Malaysian primary and secondary school children, their inability to handle simple mathematics tasks, which require the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numbers, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics

Buchholz, Lisa M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Several detours prompted me to find time in an overcrowded school day to incorporate important, powerful, daily, whole-class application of fact strategies. A few years ago, I embarked on a journey with my second graders, a journey through the strategies for mental computation of addition and subtraction facts. The focus of that journey was to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 2, Computation

Muir, Tracey; Callingham, Rosemary; Beswick, Kim – Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 2016

This article presents a case study of one particular lesson in which a teacher uses the features of an interactive whiteboard (IWB) to teach mental computation strategies to a Grade 1 class. The framework of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is used to evaluate the teacher's use of the IWB to teach mathematical concepts to young…

Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 1, Mathematics Instruction, Technological Literacy

Kusuma, Josephine; Sulistiawati – Indonesian Mathematical Society Journal on Mathematics Education, 2014

Multiplication of numbers from 1 to 10 is very important as it provides the basis for learning multiplication of other larger numbers as well as other related mathematical operations. How do students learn multiplication? Usually students just memorize the results of multiplication. This is often performed without a complete comprehension of the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Multiplication, Teaching Methods, Manipulative Materials

Callingham, Rosemary; Watson, Jane – Mathematics Education Research Journal, 2004

In this article, data from a study of the mental computation competence of students in grades 3 to 10 are presented. Students responded to mental computation items, presented orally, that included operations applied to fractions, decimals and percents. The data were analysed using Rasch modelling techniques, and a six-level hierarchy of part-whole…

Descriptors: Mental Computation, Competence, Arithmetic, Mathematical Concepts

Monari Martinez, Elisabetta; Benedetti, Nives – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2011

The key questions are: is it true that persons with Down's syndrome can study mathematics only at a very elementary level? Might it be possible that their difficulties are mainly restricted to some fields, such as numeracy and mental computation, but do not encompass the entire domain of mathematics? Is the use of a calculator recommended? Is…

Descriptors: Familiarity, Numeracy, Mental Computation, Calculators

Tsang, Jessica M.; Blair, Kristen P.; Bofferding, Laura; Schwartz, Daniel L. – Cognition and Instruction, 2015

How can children's natural perceptuo-motor skills be harnessed for teaching and learning mathematical structure? We address this question in the case of the integers. Existing research suggests that adult mental representations of integers recruit perceptuo-motor functionalities involving symmetry. Building on these findings, we designed a…

Descriptors: Neurological Organization, Mathematics Instruction, Numbers, Grade 4

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Duren, Phillip E. – Mathematics Teacher, 1989

Discusses when to use the computer, paper-and-pencil, or mental-computation procedures. Provides examples of solving problems dealing with roots of polynomial using computer graphing and other strategies. Suggests implications for curricular planning. (YP)

Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Functions (Mathematics)

Kumar, S. Praveen; Raja, B. William Dharma – Journal on Educational Psychology, 2009

Not all children are made the same. Learning disabilities like dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia are either not understood or ignored in schools. As a result, the schoolchildren suffer for no fault of theirs and they lag behind in their course of learning. They may find it difficult to achieve the basic skills of learning such as reading,…

Descriptors: Visual Learning, Teaching Methods, Learning Disabilities, Computation

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Blote, Anke W.; Klein, Anton S.; Beishuizen, Meindert – Learning and Instruction, 2000

Assessed the strategic flexibility of students in mental arithmetic up to the number 100. Results from 60 Dutch second graders show that students' preference for certain mathematical procedures depend on the number characteristics of the problems, indicating that the students had a good conceptual understanding of numbers and procedures. Actual…

Descriptors: Comprehension, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Concepts

Chen, Sandra – Crystal Springs Books, 2008

"Singapore Math: Place Value, Computation & Number Sense" is a six-part presentation on CD-ROM that can be used by individual teachers or an entire school. The author takes primary to upper elementary grade teachers through place value skills with each of the computational operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. She gives…

Descriptors: Computation, Computer Uses in Education, Mathematical Logic, Algebra

Ndlovu, Zanele; Brijlall, Deonarain – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2015

This study is part of ongoing research in undergraduate mathematics education. The study was guided by the belief that understanding the mental constructions the pre-service teachers make when learning matrix algebra concepts leads to improved instructional methods. In this preliminary study the data was collected from 85 pre-service teachers…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Teaching Methods