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Varol, Filiz; Farran, Dale – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
Mental computation helps children understand how numbers work, how to make decisions about procedures, and how to create different strategies to solve math problems. Although researchers agree on the importance of mental computation skills, they debate how to help students develop these skills. The present study explored the existing literature in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Mental Computation, Cognitive Processes, Numeracy
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Whitacre, Ian; Nickerson, Susan D. – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2016
We report on interview results from a classroom teaching experiment in a Number and Operations course for prospective elementary teachers. Improving the number sense of this population is an important goal for mathematics teacher education, and researchers have found this goal to be difficult to accomplish. In earlier work, we devised a local…
Descriptors: Interviews, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Numbers
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Sinnakaudan, Santi; Kuldas, Seffetullah; Hashim, Shahabuddin; Ghazali, Munirah – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
This review examines reasons for Malaysian pupils' underperformance in solving mathematics problems that demand numerical estimation and mental computation. Their underdeveloped number sense appears to be the major reason. According to the Ministry of Education, the national mathematics curriculum is unlikely to account for this underachievement.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Numbers, Computation
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Tsao, Yea-Ling – Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 2004
The purpose of this study is to a) explore connections among number sense, mental computation performance and the written computation performance of elementary preservice school teachers; and b) explore the correlation among mental computation skills, computation skills, effect issues and number sense. The sample was composed of students in six…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Numbers, Computation, Mathematics Skills
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Ineson, Gwen – Early Child Development and Care, 2007
This study examines the mental computation strategies used by pupils at the end of primary school. In 1998 a new strategy for teaching mathematics was introduced into British schools (the National Numeracy Strategy) that specifically focused on mental calculation. The first part of the study took place in 1999, one year after the implementation of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Numeracy, Mathematics Curriculum
Wong, Monica – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2010
Learning pathways capture the development of competence in a mathematical domain. They have been developed from empirical studies in the areas of mental computation and emergent numeracy concepts. These pathways afford teachers the opportunity to identify students' current levels of understanding, antecedent understandings and the steps that are…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Grade 3, Mathematics, Identification
Wright, Robert J.; Ellemor-Collins, David; Tabor, Pamela D. – SAGE Publications (CA), 2011
This fourth book in the Mathematics Recovery series equips teachers with detailed pedagogical knowledge and resources for teaching number to 7 to 11-year olds. Drawing on extensive programs of research, curriculum development, and teacher development, the book offers a coherent, up-to-date approach emphasizing computational fluency and the…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Intervention, Mental Computation, Special Education
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White, Paul; Anderson, Judy – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2012
With increased accountability attached to students' results on national testing in Australia, teachers feel under pressure to prepare students for the tests. However, this can lead to shallow teaching of a narrowed curriculum. An alternative approach involves using data to identify common errors and misconceptions, discussing strategies aimed at…
Descriptors: Testing, Test Items, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Liu, Fuchang – School Science and Mathematics, 2009
Four hundred and three 3rd- and 5th-grade Chinese students took the Multiplication Estimation Test or participated in the interview on it, designed to assess their computational estimation performance on whole-number multiplication. Students perform better when tasks are presented visually than orally. Third graders tend to use rounding based…
Descriptors: Mental Computation, Grade 5, Grade 3, Arithmetic
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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
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Ruthven, Kenneth – British Educational Research Journal, 1998
Examines the use of mental, written, and calculator strategies of numerical computation by 56 upper primary students. Finds that students introduced to a "calculator-aware" curriculum make greater use of mental computation, particularly multiplication strategies based on distribution and compensation. Notes implications for models of…
Descriptors: Calculators, Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Menon, Ramakrishnan – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2003
Describes how students can compute and estimate, mentally and rapidly, by using appropriate number relationships. (YDS)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Lesson Plans, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Education
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Al Mutawah, Masooma Ali – International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 2016
This study was conducted on year 4 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program for Cycle one teacher candidates. The effect of practicing mental calculation strategies in improving students' numeracy proficiency was put under some tests to measure its effect in a scientific way. A Pre-quiz was conducted before with no prior practice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Computation, Learning Strategies, Preservice Teachers
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
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Woods, Dawn Marie; Ketterlin Geller, Leanne; Basaraba, Deni – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2018
A strong foundation in early number concepts is critical for students' future success in mathematics. Research suggests that visual representations, like a number line, support students' development of number sense by helping them create a mental representation of the order and magnitude of numbers. In addition, explicitly sequencing instruction…
Descriptors: Number Concepts, Numbers, Numeracy, Visual Aids
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