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Bojorque, Gina; Torbeyns, Joke; Hannula-Sormunen, Minna; Van Nijlen, Daniël; Verschaffel, Lieven – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2017
This study explored the development of Ecuadorian Kindergartners' spontaneous focusing on numerosity (SFON) during the kindergarten year, as well as the contribution of early numerical abilities to this development. One hundred Kindergartners coming from ten classrooms received two SFON tasks, one at the beginning and one at the end of the school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Young Children, Numbers
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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
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Verschaffel, Lieven; Luwel, Koen; Torbeyns, Joke; Van Dooren, Wim – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2009
Some years ago, Hatano differentiated between routine and adaptive expertise and made a strong plea for the development and implementation of learning environments that aim at the latter type of expertise and not just the former. In this contribution we reflect on one aspect of adaptivity, namely the adaptive use of solution strategies in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Arithmetic, Expertise
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Luwel, Koen; Torbeyns, Joke; Verschaffel, Lieven – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2003
In the research literature several positions concerning the role played by metacognition in adaptive strategy choice can be distinguished. While many authors adhere so-called metacognitive models of strategy choice and strategy change, others have questioned the extent to which metacognitive factors are associated with strategy choice and task…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Metacognition, Grade 6, Grade 2
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Torbeyns, Joke; Verschaffel, Lieven; Ghesquiere, Pol – European Journal of Psychology of Education, 2002
In this study we investigated the variability, frequency, efficiency, and adaptiveness of young children's strategy use in the domain of simple addition by means of the choice/no-choice method. Seventy-seven beginning second-graders, divided in 3 groups according to general mathematical ability, solved a series of 25 simple additions in 3…
Descriptors: Young Children, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement