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Integration, compensation and memory in mental addition and subtraction

Heirdsfield, Ann M. (2001) Integration, compensation and memory in mental addition and subtraction. In van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, M. (Ed.) 25th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

This paper reports on a study of Year 3 children's addition and subtraction mental computation abilities, and the complexity of interaction of cognitive and affective factors that support and diminish their ability to compute proficiently (accurately and flexibly). In particular, the study investigated the part played by number sense knowledge (e.g., numeration, number facts, estimation and effects of operations on number), metacognition, memory and affects (e.g., beliefs, attitudes). It found that proficient mental addition and subtraction was a consequence of the integration of all factors, but that accurate mental addition and subtraction could occur when some factors were impoverished if there was compensation.

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ID Code: 1152
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: mathematics education, mental computation, addition, subtraction
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:24

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