New System to Learn Arithmetic Easily
The University of Geneva (UNIGE) has developed a new system to make learning of arithmetic easier for school students. Titled ACE-ArithmEcole, the programme is designed to help school children surpass their intuitions and informal knowledge, and rely instead on the use of arithmetic principles. The approach based on semantic re-encoding helps students to gain knowledge in arithmetic at a very young age.At the conclusion of the tests, researchers observed undeniable results. Amongst students who had learned to solve mathematical problems with the ACE-ArithmEcole method, 63.4% gave correct answers to the problems that were easy to simulate mentally, and 50.5% found the answers to the more complex problems. “In contrast, only 42.2% of the pupils in the standard curriculum succeeded in solving simple problems, and only 29.8% gave the right answer to the complex problems,” exclaims Katarina Gvozdic, a researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPSE) in UNIGE.