College of New Caledonia

Removing Math Barriers: Incorporating Vedic Methods for Student Success

Barb will share her research methods and results of her master’s project: Vedic Mathematics in the ABE Fundamental Math Classroom. Her 2012 research found that using Vedic techniques to teach ABE fundamental curriculum resulted in improved outcomes compared with current practice.

Waneta will introduce participants to a few Vedic math methods used in the research project: subtracting from left to right, adding and subtracting fractions without having to calculate common denominators, a quick way to check arithmetic questions using digit sum checks, and a method to learn those difficult times tables if memorizing isn’t working. Waneta will share her students’ reactions to this different method of math and introduce the newly developed workbook for Vedic teaching methods.

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