Study: Maths success not reliant on knowledge of sums

09/7/2011 | BBC

Primary students in England do well in maths if they understand number concepts, but it is not necessary for them to have memorised simple sums, according to a new study. The Institute of Education study contradicts the traditional approach to maths education, which includes a focus on learning facts. "We are not saying that fact knowledge is irrelevant, just that it develops more slowly than the national curriculum allows and that this does not jeopardise children's mathematics progress," said Richard Cowan of London's Institute of Education.

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