n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Exploring mental computation strategies

Volume 2014, Issue 17
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


The ability to perform mental computations both swiftly and flexibly remains an important mathematical skill despite the increasingly sophisticated technology that constantly surrounds us. Not only is mental computational agility considered a universally valued skill, mental computation skills provide opportunities to engage in mathematical thinking, thereby strengthening number sense and other general processes related to problem solving. Mental computation skills are a prerequisite for meaningful engagement with written algorithms. Furthermore, teaching mental computation strategies promotes creativity as learners are encouraged to think flexibly and independently.

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