ERIC Number: ED202692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Rational Number Ideas and the Role of Representational Systems.
Behr, Merlyn J.; And Others
This document provides an overview of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project, Rational Number Ideas and the Role of Representational Systems. The rational number project consists of interacting instructional, evaluation, and diagnostic/remedial components. General project goals are: (1) to describe the development of the progressively complex systems of relations and operations that children in grades two through eight use to make judgments involving rational numbers; and (2) to describe the role that various representational systems (e.g., pictures, manipulative materials, spoken language, written symbols) play in the acquisition and use of rational number concepts. The project aims to develop a psychological "map" focusing on several aspects of the learning process. The project is concerned not only with what children can do naturally, but also with what they can do accompanied by minimal guidance or following theory based instruction. A list of five studies currently planned as future activities for the rational number project staff is included at the conclusion of this document. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Contains occasional light and broken type.