Reasoning with fractions: supporting pre-service teachers’ learning

Visnovska, Jana and Fry, Kym (2016). Reasoning with fractions: supporting pre-service teachers’ learning. In: A. Yeung, The 21st century science and maths graduate: What is the place of our STEM graduates in the world? How do we prepare them?. Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, (239-245). 28-30 September 2016.

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Author Visnovska, Jana
Fry, Kym
Title of paper Reasoning with fractions: supporting pre-service teachers’ learning
Conference name Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Conference location University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD
Conference dates 28-30 September 2016
Proceedings title The 21st century science and maths graduate: What is the place of our STEM graduates in the world? How do we prepare them?
Place of Publication The University of Sydney, NSW
Publisher UniServe Science
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Editor A. Yeung
Start page 239
End page 245
Total pages 6
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract/Summary We report on a mathematics education course for primary pre-service teachers (PSTs) in which both mathematical and pedagogical learning is essential. Part of this course is devoted to supporting PSTs in (a) strengthening conceptual understanding of fractions and (b) coming to imagine ways in which fractions can be effectively introduced in primary classrooms. In collaborative group work on fraction activities, PSTs generated solutions that were very different from those of year 3-5 pupils. This was unexpected and led to new insights and learning for the instructors. We draw implications about supporting the PSTs’ development of deeper mathematical reasoning in circumstances where prior mathematical learning limits their problem-solving skills and creativity. This work contributes to a larger effort of developing resources that could enhance adults’ learning across STEM disciplines.
Keyword mathematics education
pre-service teacher education
primary teaching
fractions as measures
mathematical investigations
learning sequence
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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