Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development

2011 Edition
| Editors: Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri

Computational Skills

  • Molly MilliansEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79061-9_645



Computational skills are the selection and application of arithmetic operations to calculate solutions to mathematical problems.


Arithmetic encompasses a set of mathematic processes that include number sense, the understanding of mathematic principles such as the associative and commutative properties, and computational skills. Specifically, computational skills are defined as the abilities to calculate basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems quickly and accurately using mental methods, paper-and-pencil, and other tools, such as a calculator. This requires the selection of the appropriate arithmetic operation. Also, computational skills require the execution of the steps to calculate the solution. The term computational fluency expands the definition to include the flexible application of calculation strategies and the automatic...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fetal Alcohol & Drug Exposure ClinicMarcus Autism CenterAtlantaUSA