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13 April 2009

Math: Comparison helps children grasp math concepts

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From Denny: This is a great follow-up article to Saturday's.
Do you want your child to become a flexible problem-solver? According to this study the most effective way to achieve that goal is to teach a child to compare various ways to solve that math problem by comparing various drawbacks or benefits. Learning to solve a problem in more than just one way as is traditionally taught causes a mind to become more flexible.

They also found out that the children in the study were also more accurate in their solutions when they practised comparison solving, even when the problem involved estimation.

For more details in the article, just click on the title link.

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