Are there any articles that relate to the National Teaching Standards of Mathemathcs (NCTM) that deal with multiplication fluency?


Are there any articles that relate to the National Teaching Standards of Mathemathcs (NCTM) that deal with multiplication fluency?
I am trying to write my literature review and one point I am going to address is what the NCTM states about multiplication fluency. I have only been able to find one article. I'm trying to see if I need to go that route with NCTM or either see what No Child Left Behind act says about students and multiplication fluency.

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: May 30, 2018     Views: 7


I would start with the primary source, the actual Standards themselves. If you're not a member of NCTM you will have to pay, but the Quick Reference Guide is only $3.95.

From there, I would select databases from the Advanced Education Research guide, such as Academic Search Complete, and search Principles and Standards for School Mathematics AND multiplication. In Academic Search Complete, that search yielded 0 results, so I know that no articles on the topic are in the database. I can widen the scope of my search by just searching Principles and Standards for School Mathematics . This will return a fair number of results about the standards in general.

Perhaps the indexed information doesn't mention the Standards specifically, but the article might. Try a more general search: standards AND mathematics AND multiplication AND elementary. I added the word elementary because many of the results dealt with higher level math. One article, Charles, R. I., & Duckett, P. B. (2008). Focal points…Grades 3 and 4. Teaching Children Mathematics, 14(8), 466-471. references NCTM. You'll have to request it through Interlibrary Loan, but you should have it in time if you request it now.

It may be that you'll have to tie the standards to multiplication fluency yourself. Searching multiplication fluency in the same database gives you 17 articles. One of those, Poncy, B. C., Skinner, C. H., & Axtell, P. K. (2010). An investigation of Detect, Practice, and Repair to remedy math-fact deficits in a group of third-grade students. Psychology in the Schools, 47(4), 342-353. doi: 10.1002/pits.20474 includes a usable subject: "STUDY & teaching of multiplication". Searching this subject will bring you everything in the database on the topic - 88 articles from the last 10 years. Perhaps one of these will enable you to tie fluency to the standards. It's highly possible that an article could use a standard without referencing the NCTM in the indexing that is searched by the database..

Finally, No Child Left Behind was replaced in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act. If you decide to check national legislation, I would start with ESSA. It's new, so you will find more on NCLB, but NCLB may no longer be relevant, except in a historical context.

Good luck with your research!

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