ERIC Number: ED389612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Preservice Elementary Teachers' Understanding of Multiplication Involving Fractions.
Azim, Diane S.
This research focused on preservice elementary teachers' understanding and reconstruction of understanding about multiplication in the domain of fractions. At the start of the study, 44% of the 50 preservice teachers studied reported that they had a method for reasoning about multiplication with fractions, and 28% were able to describe a situation modeled by multiplication with a fraction operator. Although reasoning individually, the preservice teachers revealed common dimensions of understanding--about taking fractional parts of non-unit wholes and about numerical effects, referents for results, and the invariance of multiplication--as they reconceputalized multiplication with fractions. "Sense" of multiplication and "sense" of fraction relationships were forms of reasoning that supported the re-conceptualization process. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preservice Teachers; Teacher Candidates
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.