Date of Award

1992

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Education

First Advisor

Alistair McIntosh

Abstract

This study Investigated the effect of Inquiry based mental mathematics compared to traditional mental mathematics, with respect to the performance and attitudes of a sample of year four children. Using a quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design, and applying a t test for non-Independent samples, It was found that after an eight week period, the Inquiry based mental mathematics group achieved significantly higher scores on a mental mathematics test, and showed a more Improved attitude toward mental mathematics than the traditional group. Qualitative analyses of attempts to create calculations to make a given number, revealed that the Inquiry based group had a larger range of strategies to draw on, and could more successfully apply them. It was concluded that Inquiry based mental mathematics was more effective In achieving success with basic number facts, developing a range of thinking strategies to solve mental problems and In engendering a positive attitude toward mental mathematics.

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