n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Using arrays for multiplication in the intermediate phase

Volume 2016, Issue 21
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


In their book Maths for Mums and Dads, Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew (2010) list some common problems that children have with multiplication:

  • "Making mistakes using techniques they have learnt mechanically, without understanding what they were doing
  • Thinking that multiplication means multiple adding (when often it is about ratios)
  • Assuming that multiplying always makes things bigger (so they are stumped when they discover that multiplying by 1/2 makes things smaller)" (p. 141)

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