The views of primary education teachers on the verification of multiplication

George H. Baralis


Learning and using the four mathematical operations -addition, subtraction, multiplication and division- are very important in the primary school syllabus curriculum. The verifications for the correctness of the operations are simple since they can be justified with the use of basic mathematical properties. However, this is not the case for one of the verifications of multiplication which seems to be preferred by most of the elementary school teachers in their practice. With this verification, the control of multiplication’s correctness is only a necessary but not sufficient condition and it is based on the Numbers’ Theory. In this paper we present the findings of a study on the views of a
group consisted of twenty four elementary school teachers using activities related to the operation of the multiplication and its verification.



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