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Teacher Actions: Enhancing The Learning of Mental Computation In Year 2

Heirdsfield, Ann M. & Lamb, Janeen T. (2006) Teacher Actions: Enhancing The Learning of Mental Computation In Year 2. In Novotna, Jarmila, Moraova, Hana, Kratka, Magdalene, & Stehlikova, Nad'a (Eds.) 30th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 16-21, Prague, Czech Republic.

Abstract

This paper examines teacher actions during a teaching experiment aimed at enhancing Year 2 students’ mental computational strategies. Specific teaching instruction was conducted by the classroom teacher while the first author acted as participant observer. The teacher was provided with a theoretical background for mental computation and support materials for the development of the instructional program. The lessons were designed to enable students to access a range of representations to build mental models in order to calculate efficiently. The results indicate that these elementary students are not only capable of participating in class discussions on computation methods; they are also able to develop a range of computational methods of increasing sophistication.

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ID Code: 5197
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: mathematics education, mental computation, early childhood
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
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (The authors)
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:18

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