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DEVELOPING FOURTH GRADERS' PROFICIENCY IN BASIC MULTIPLICATION FACTS THROUGH STRATEGY INSTRUCTION

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2010
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The purpose of this action research study was to evaluate my own practice of teaching basic multiplication facts to fourth graders. I wanted to see how focusing my instruction on strategies would help my students develop proficiency in basic multiplication facts. I chose this topic because Florida was in the process of shifting to new standards that encourage teaching for deeper meaning. I hoped this research would give my students the opportunity to make sense of multiplication on a deeper level, while giving me insight into how students learn multiplication. Through this study, I learned that students initially find multiplication to be very difficult, but they can solve basic facts with ease when using strategies. Students did become more proficient with basic multiplication facts, and they were also able to apply basic fact strategies to extended facts and other multidigit multiplication problems. There is a limited amount of research on how students acquire basic multiplication fact proficiency; however, this study offers more insight to teachers and the research community.
Title: DEVELOPING FOURTH GRADERS' PROFICIENCY IN BASIC MULTIPLICATION FACTS THROUGH STRATEGY INSTRUCTION.
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Name(s): Braddock, Stacey, Author
Dixon, Juli, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this action research study was to evaluate my own practice of teaching basic multiplication facts to fourth graders. I wanted to see how focusing my instruction on strategies would help my students develop proficiency in basic multiplication facts. I chose this topic because Florida was in the process of shifting to new standards that encourage teaching for deeper meaning. I hoped this research would give my students the opportunity to make sense of multiplication on a deeper level, while giving me insight into how students learn multiplication. Through this study, I learned that students initially find multiplication to be very difficult, but they can solve basic facts with ease when using strategies. Students did become more proficient with basic multiplication facts, and they were also able to apply basic fact strategies to extended facts and other multidigit multiplication problems. There is a limited amount of research on how students acquire basic multiplication fact proficiency; however, this study offers more insight to teachers and the research community.
Identifier: CFE0003023 (IID), ucf:48370 (fedora)
Note(s): 2010-05-01
M.Ed.
Education, Department of Teaching and Learning Principles
Masters
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Subject(s): Multiplication
Strategies
Mathematics
Elementary
Instruction
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003023
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Host Institution: UCF

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