2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

FASTT Math and Multiplication Fact Fluency
Dylan M. Salata♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

Efficient recall of basic math facts is an important prerequisite skill for higher-order mathematics. This study tracked 39 fourth-grade students from a midwestern elementary school as they used the computer program FASTT Math: Next Generation to practice their multiplication math facts for 14 weeks. The number of facts recalled fluently (in less than 1.25 seconds) was recorded weekly and compared with student demographic, academic, and program usage information. A paired-samples t-test revealed that the mean number of fluent facts had increased significantly over 14 weeks (t(38) = 9.012, SEM = 3.39, p = 0.000). An independent samples t-test revealed a significant difference in means (t(24.264) = 2.099, SEM = 7.209, p = 0.048) present when data was grouped by scores on the Missouri Assessment Program's third-grade mathematics test. An affective survey completed suggested that FASTT Math: The Next Generation was a highly enjoyed method for learning multiplication facts.

Keywords: math facts, number combinations, multiplication, FASTT Math, mathematical fluency, fourth grade, affect

Topic(s):Psychology
Education
Mathematics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-4
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:45

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