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The UCMAS Mental Arithmetic education program builds
speed and accuracy in calculations. Learners are guided to use their mental
ability to the maximum potential. This program will stimulate both right
and left sides of the brain, hence allowing the right brain development
itself to be flexible and to think even more effectively.
The Gradual Increase of Children
who join the Abacus Mental Arithmetic Evaluation Test
In recent years, with the spread of Abacus Mental Arithmetic training, more
and more children join the field and have excellent performance. Take for
example, the evaluation test help by Children’s Abacus Association
more than 128,000 children participated in the test in 1993; 162,000 in
1994; 192,000 in 1995. All these show that the children who take part in
the abacus evaluation test is on the rapid increase. The real number should
be more than 300,000 if we take into consideration some similar tests held
by other associations. It is a good phenomenon, which proves that Abacus
Mental Arithmetic is widely favored and supported internationally.
As the consciousness of numbers is gradually
developed in children from one and a half to two years old, concrete items
should further strengthen it, so that they know their association. At this
stage, concrete items work as ‘teaching aids’. Through constant
exploration and practice, children get the concept of numbers. The process
goes from the concrete, semi-concrete to total abstract. The learning of
abacus helps the understanding of natural science because it has concrete
strings of balls to help thinking. ‘The elevation of abacus’
means the ability to calculate by concrete balls to the invisible, imagery
or formal calculation, which then reaches the level of mental arithmetic.
The learning of abacus has the same process as Piaget and Burner’s
cognitive theory, which emphasizes the mental development from the concrete
to the conceptual, formal and symbolic.
Obviously, Burner’s theory, which also
emphasizes the gradual development of intellect, is deeply influenced by
Piaget’s stage theory. That is, comprehension and assimilation of
knowledge are most important in every stage of learning. Human wisdom and
potentiality can keep growing without the limit of age. In other words, it
is environment that will either slow down or expedite the development of
intellect. The so-called ‘readiness’ of learning does not
totally rely on physical maturity. Therefore, teachers should not waste
time in waiting for the biological maturity. When children are equipped
with certain knowledge and great opportunity to lead them into another
stage of learning. Burner therefore advocates the early inspiration of
wisdom and learning, which helps unearth talent, shortens the unnecessary
time of learning and accomplishes the learning goal.
It is indeed exhilarating for the educators to see the wide support of
Abacus Mental Arithmetic training, which contributes a lot to the
development of intellect.
YANG CHU-HUNG, professor of Taichung Institute of Commerce, Taiwan.
The UCMAS Mental Arithmetic education program builds the ability
to calculate fast and accurately. Learners are guided to use his mental
ability fully. This program will stimulate both portions of the brain,
hence allowing the right brain development itself to be flexible and to
think even more effectively.