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

Heirdsfield, A., Dole, S L and Beswick, K. (2006). Instruction to support mental computation development in young children of diverse ability. In: R. Jeffery, E. Wright, M. Davies and W. Shilton, AARE International Education Research Conference 2006. Engaging Pedagogies, University of South Australia, (1-8). 26-30 November 2006.

Author Heirdsfield, A.
Dole, S L
Beswick, K.
Title of paper Instruction to support mental computation development in young children of diverse ability
Conference name Engaging Pedagogies
Conference location University of South Australia
Conference dates 26-30 November 2006
Proceedings title AARE International Education Research Conference 2006
Place of Publication Adelaide, South Australia
Publisher AARE Inc
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1324-9339
Editor R. Jeffery
E. Wright
M. Davies
W. Shilton
Issue Paper # HEI06407
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Abstract/Summary 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.
Subjects E1
330000 Education
740000 - Education and Training
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword Curriculum and specific curriculum areas
Mathematics
Q-Index Code E1

 
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