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Mental computation: a priority in Victorian primary schools?

16th Oct 2019
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Virtual Learning Session
Details and invitation to join the meeting will be provided closer to the date of the event. Online session delivered by MAV

Price: Free

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Registrations close: Friday 11th October

For teachers of F to Year 6

Whilst research 'suggests that mental computation is of prime importance and should therefore be explicitly taught at all levels and involve creative problem solving, the reality is that in the majority of schools mental computation is completely overshadowed by the teaching of standard written algorithms.' (Groves, S., Mousley, J. & Forgasz, H. ,2006, Primary numeracy, p.142)

This session will discuss where Victorian primary schools are in the teaching of mental and written strategies for computation, thirteen years on from this statement.


Pete Sanders is an experienced primary maths educator with nearly twenty years experience teaching primary age children, most of these as a Mathematics curriculum coordinator in primary schools in the UK and in Melbourne. Recently Pete has lectured in primary mathematics at La Trobe University, developing the mathematics teaching capabilities of pre-service primary teachers. Pete has also been Assistant Principal of a primary school in the UK. Pete is currently working as a consultant for the Mathematical Association of Victoria whilst completing his PhD on the difficulties pre-service primary teachers have with their own personal mathematics competency. Pete is passionate about developing primary and lower secondary teachers’ capacity to develop their mathematics teaching, in particular through adopting a problem-solving, investigative approach, utilising challenging and rich mathematical tasks.

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