Mental computation fluency: assessing flexibility, efficiency and accuracy

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we elucidate the steps taken to develop an assessment of mental-computational fluency, with the aim to capture the key features of the construct, namely procedural flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. Over 200 children in third and fourth grade completed the assessment. Using Rasch analyses, we investigated which items contributed to producing a measure and which did not. The findings allowed us to modify the assessment and produce a unidimensional scale for measuring mental-computational fluency with addition. We discuss the value of this assessment in terms of advancing learning theory and educational practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    EditorsMellony Graven, Hamsa Venkat, Anthony A Essien, Pamela Vale
    Place of PublicationPretoria South Africa
    PublisherInternational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
    Pages376-383
    Number of pages8
    Volume2
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Electronic)9780639821535
    ISBN (Print)9780639821528
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2019 - University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
    Duration: 7 Jul 201912 Jul 2019
    Conference number: 43rd
    https://www.up.ac.za/pme43

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2019
    Abbreviated titlePME 2019
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    CityPretoria
    Period7/07/1912/07/19
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    Keywords

    • mathematics education
    • mental computation
    • Mathematical fluency
    • number sense
    • assessing mathematics
    • assessment for learning
    • Rasch Measurement Model

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