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Developing Multiplication Fact Fluency
Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal
  • Jonathan Brendefur, Boise State University
  • S. Strother, Boise State University
  • K. Thiede, Boise State University
  • S. Appleton, Meridian School District
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
8-1-2015
Abstract
Using specific components of three broad learning theories—cognitive, social-interactional, and behavioral—students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms were given multiplication fact fluency instruction over a period of five weeks for 10-15 minutes each day. Two different approaches were utilized with two distinct groups of students for the purpose of comparing different approaches to fluency development. Results indicate that students using a strategy-based approach for fluency development by means of instructional tasks emphasizing social-interactional and cognitive theories (particularly Bruner’s theory of Modes of Representation) increased multiplication fact fluency, with a greater degree of consistency, than students using a drill-based approach emphasizing behavioristic techniques such as repetition and memorization.
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This document was originally published by the Society for Science and Education, United Kingdom in Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal. This work is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Details regarding the use of this work can be found at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. doi: 10.14738/assrj.28.1396

Citation Information
Jonathan Brendefur, S. Strother, K. Thiede and S. Appleton. "Developing Multiplication Fact Fluency" Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/keith_thiede/26/