ERIC Number: ED389578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
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Incongruity and Complexity of Young Children's Understanding of Simple Fractions.
Fifth grade children's (n=16) understandings of simple fractions such as 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 were investigated. The study identified three alternative conceptions of fractions: (1) 1/"N" is one of "N equal" parts, (2) 1/N is one of "N equal" parts, and (3) parts must fit together to form the whole. In addition, many participants believed that the perimeter measured the area. This conception of area measurement also influenced the participants' problem-solving activities significantly. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Perimeter (Geometry)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177.