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The middle years of schooling : a critical time for developing mental computation

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In the field of mathematics education, this thesis is intended to make a contribution to the literature on the teaching and learning of mental computation. The aim of the thesis is to explore the role and potential of mental computation in strengthening numeracy practices across the middle years of schooling by providing a detailed analysis of the mental computation experiences of both middle years teachers and their students (Grades 5 to 8). A focus of the study is mental computation with part-whole numbers including fractions, decimals, and percents, extending previous research that has focused almost exclusively on mental computation with whole numbers. Given the emphasis of the middle years mathematics curriculum on part-whole numbers, it is argued that this period of schooling is a critical time for developing mental computation.


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Copyright 2008 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). CD-ROM contains appendices. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2008. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Literature review -- Ch. 3. Research methodology and design -- Ch. 4. Results (phase 1): reports from middle years teachers -- Ch. 5. Results (phase 2): profiling middle years students -- Ch. 6. Results (phase 3): strategies for working mentally with percents, fractions, and decimals -- Ch. 7. Results (phase 4): Key teacher interviews -- Ch. 8. Discussion

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