Alternative starting point for teaching fractions

Cortina, Jose Luis, Visnovska, Jana and Zuniga, Claudia (2012). Alternative starting point for teaching fractions. In: Jaguthsing Dindyal, Lu Pien Cheng and Swee Fong Ng, Mathematics education : expanding horizons : proceedings of the 35th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. MERGA 2012, Singapore, (210-217). 2-6, July, 2012.

Author Cortina, Jose Luis
Visnovska, Jana
Zuniga, Claudia
Title of paper Alternative starting point for teaching fractions
Conference name MERGA 2012
Conference location Singapore
Conference dates 2-6, July, 2012
Proceedings title Mathematics education : expanding horizons : proceedings of the 35th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Place of Publication Adelaide, South Australia
Publisher MERGA
Publication Year 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789810725273
Editor Jaguthsing Dindyal
Lu Pien Cheng
Swee Fong Ng
Start page 210
End page 217
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary We investigate the viability of a new approach to initial fraction instruction. We establish the need to empirically investigate whether the proposed approach shares the strengths of currently used approaches, specifically, whether students will (a) construe problems based on the proposed approach as experientially real, and (b) bring up ideas that could be build upon in subsequent fraction instruction. We then present an analysis of sixteen student interviews from a school in southern Mexico (ages 8 and 9). The analysis supports the conjecture that the proposed approach to initial fraction instruction can be viable, and thus warrants further research attention.
Keyword Fractions
Teaching - Fractions
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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