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1. Veloo, Palanisamy Kowndar. The Development of Number Sense and Mental Computation Proficiencies: An Intervention Study with Secondary One Students in Brunei Darussalam .

Degree: 2010, University of Otago

This thesis reports on the development of number sense and mental computation proficiencies and their relationship to selected affective variables of Secondary 1 students, following an instructional intervention that lasted 10-weeks. Four government secondary schools and seven qualified and experienced mathematics teachers, and their 210 Secondary 1 mathematics students in Brunei Darussalam, generated the data for study. Two schools were randomly assigned as Treatment schools (with 118 students) and two other schools were the Control schools (with 92 students). A stratified random sample of 45 students drawn from the High (n=15), Middle (n=15) and Low (n=15) groups were interviewed before and after instructional intervention to determine the thinking strategies the students used in answering selected number sense questions. As part of this study, a group of Primary and a group of Lower Secondary mathematics teachers were also tested on their number sense proficiency. Answers to the following research questions were sought in the study: Research Question 1: To what extent were the instructional interventions effective in helping students improve their number sense and mental computation proficiencies? Related to this major research question are several sub-questions for which answers were first sought. These are as follows: Research Question 1a: What were the levels of number sense and mental computation proficiencies, attitudes and confidence of the sample of Bruneian Secondary 1 students prior to the instructional intervention? Research Question 1b: What were the levels of number sense, mental computation proficiencies, attitudes and confidence of the sample of Bruneian Secondary 1 students immediately after instructional intervention ended? Research Question 1c: What were the levels of number sense and mental computation proficiencies, and confidence of the sample of Bruneian Secondary 1 students at the retention stage of the study (i.e., six weeks after instructional intervention ended)? Were any gains in number sense ability or mental computation proficiencies maintained six weeks after the intervention programme had been completed? Research Question 1d: Were there gender differences in number sense and mental computation proficiencies at each of the pre-teaching, post-teaching, and retention stages of the study? Research Question 1e: Did students’ number sense and mental computation proficiencies, attitudes and confidence, change in educationally significant ways over the period of intervention? Research Question 1f: Were there differences in cognitive processing methods used to answer number sense questions between High, Medium and Low-ability students, at the pre-teaching, and post-teaching stages of the study? Research Question 2 What are the relationships among number sense, mental computation and written computation proficiencies of Secondary 1 students at the post-teaching stage of the study? Research Question 3: What is the level of number sense proficiency of the… Advisors/Committee Members: Holton, Derek Allan (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: instructional interventions; number sense; mental computation proficiencies; Brunei Darussalam; government secondary schools; mathematics teachers; Primary mathematics teachers; Secondary mathematics teachers

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APA (6th Edition):

Veloo, P. K. (2010). The Development of Number Sense and Mental Computation Proficiencies: An Intervention Study with Secondary One Students in Brunei Darussalam . (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/411

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Veloo, Palanisamy Kowndar. “The Development of Number Sense and Mental Computation Proficiencies: An Intervention Study with Secondary One Students in Brunei Darussalam .” 2010. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Otago. Accessed July 03, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10523/411.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Veloo, Palanisamy Kowndar. “The Development of Number Sense and Mental Computation Proficiencies: An Intervention Study with Secondary One Students in Brunei Darussalam .” 2010. Web. 03 Jul 2020.

Vancouver:

Veloo PK. The Development of Number Sense and Mental Computation Proficiencies: An Intervention Study with Secondary One Students in Brunei Darussalam . [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Otago; 2010. [cited 2020 Jul 03]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/411.

Council of Science Editors:

Veloo PK. The Development of Number Sense and Mental Computation Proficiencies: An Intervention Study with Secondary One Students in Brunei Darussalam . [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Otago; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/411

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