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Instruction to support mental computation development in young children of diverse ability

Heirdsfield, Ann, Dole, Shelley, & Beswick, Kim (2007) Instruction to support mental computation development in young children of diverse ability. In Jeffery, Peter L. (Ed.) Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 26 November - 30 November 2006, Adelaide, Australia.

Abstract

Fostering young children’s mental computation capacity is essential to support their numeracy development. Debate continues as to whether young children should be explicitly taught strategies for mental computation, or be afforded the freedom to develop their own. This paper reports on teaching experiments with two groups of students in their first year of schooling: those considered ‘at-risk’, and those deemed mathematically advanced. Both groups made considerable learning gains as a result of instruction. Importantly, the gains of the at-risk group are likely to renew both their own, and their teacher’s confidence in their ability to learn. In this paper, the instructional programs are documented, highlighting the influence of instruction upon the children’s development.

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ID Code: 6604
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: ISSN 1324-9339
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Keywords: mathematics education, early mathematics, mental computation, number
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 2007 (Please consult author)
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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