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Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n4 p22-27 2007

Drawing upon research, theory, classroom and personal experiences, this paper focuses on the development of primary-aged children's computational fluency. It emphasises the critical links between number sense and a child's ability to perform mental and written computation. The case of multi-digit multiplication is used to illustrate these important links. The author states that, while the path to computational fluency is not a straight-forward one for most students, is it clear that the promotion of number sense is critical to a basic understanding of mathematics and a child's ability to compute easily. (Contains 5 figures.)

Descriptors: Computation, Mathematics Education, Primary Education, Mental Computation, Thinking Skills, Multiplication, Mathematical Logic, Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods, Models, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)

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Autor: Bobis, Janette


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