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McIntosh, Alistair; And Others – For the Learning of Mathematics, 1992

Proposes a framework that identifies the components of number sense and the attributes of students who possess it. Discusses various aspects of three areas where number sense plays a key role: number concepts, operations with numbers, and applications of number and operation. (MDH)

Descriptors: Cognitive Structures, Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

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Frankenstein, Marilyn – Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Example of magic tricks that can be used as an integral part of various lessons in arithmetic and algebra are given. Their mathematical basis is also discussed. (MNS)

Descriptors: Algebra, Arithmetic, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities

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Gladwin, Hugh – Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 1985

Presents concluding remarks to a symposium, "The Social Organization of Knowledge and Practice." Focuses on high aptitude of persons in everyday situations to solve problems and make decisions. Addresses three questions: (1) What happens when a problem-solver reaches a situation involving calculation? (2) How does learning transfer take place? and…

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Classroom Environment, Cognitive Style, Daily Living Skills

Hastings, F. L.; And Others – B. C. Journal of Special Education, 1989

Two learning-disabled, three educable mentally retarded, and two trainable mentally retarded senior secondary students were trained to count money rapidly. All subjects significantly improved their counting rates, maintained a 90 percent level of accuracy, and maintained their skills across settings and over time. (Author/JDD)

Descriptors: Computation, Daily Living Skills, High Schools, Learning Disabilities

Maier, Eugene – Mathematics Teaching, 1980

An example of an unrealistic "real world" problem from the National Assessment of Educational Progress highlights a comparison of school and "folk" mathematics. The failures of typical problems taught in school and some suggested remedies are featured. (MP) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document:…

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Curriculum

Baroody, Arthur J. – Education and Training of the Mentally Retarded, 1986

The study examined basic counting competencies, difficulties, skill progressions, and variation among 36 moderately retarded and 64 mildly retarded students (ages 5-14). Quantitative and qualitative analyses indicated deficiencies in basic counting competencies and systematic oral- and object-counting errors. Striking individual differences in…

Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Arithmetic, Comparative Testing, Computation

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Lave, Jean – Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 1985

Introduces a collection of papers presented at a symposium on the situationally-specific character of problem-solving practices. Reports that findings provoke speculation about relations among social contexts, knowledge and activity, and relations between school-learned problem-solving techniques and those used in other settings. (KH)

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Cognitive Style, Computation, Context Effect

Reys, Barbara – 1982

Parents have many opportunities every day to develop, nurture, and refine their children's mathematics skills. This pamphlet was designed to help parents become aware of these opportunities and to encourage them to participate in their children's learning process. Estimation is the skill of making a reasonably accurate guess and is prominently…

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Guidelines

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Geer, Charles P. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1992

Describes three activities using dominoes, playing cards, and the calendar to give students mathematical experiences reinforcing basic skills and problem-solving strategies that involve patterns, relationships, and functions. Students discover mathematical relationships underlying the magic tricks used in the activities. (MDH)

Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Enrichment Activities

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Reys, Barbara J.; And Others – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1991

A study of 255 fifth graders and 177 eighth graders from 12 randomly chosen Mexican schools was conducted to identify and characterize the students' computational estimation skills and strategies. Data from computational estimation tests and selected interviews revealed that Mexican students employed general estimation processes similar to U.S.…

Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Tests, Elementary Secondary Education

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Tabler, M. Bernadine; Jacobson, Marilyn Hall – Arithmetic Teacher, 1980

Presented are activities which give practice in making estimates, gathering data, and checking the reasonableness of results. (TG)

Descriptors: Decimal Fractions, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities

Pattison, Sylvia J.; Griffiths, Richard W. – 1973

This book is designed as a report and an in-service tool for teachers of grades K-6. It is built around the idea that the standard textbook treatment of metric measurement gives rise to many misconceptions among primary grade children. This report is a record of the development of alternative methods for introducing measuring activities to…

Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Experiential Learning

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Kamii, Constance; Lewis, Barbara Ann – Arithmetic Teacher, 1991

Presents a study of 87 second graders to demonstrate that achievement tests in primary mathematics emphasize pupil's lower-order thinking by comparing answers to interview questions from constructivist and traditionally instructed groups. Results indicated that constructivist instructed students demonstrated superior higher-order thinking on tasks…

Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Addition, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Measurement