ERIC Number: ED142409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
A Survey of Student Achievement with Fractions. SMESG Working Paper No. 20.
Ginther, Joan; And Others
This study was conducted to address two questions: (1) are deficiencies in fraction skills due to current instructional programs, and, if yes, (2) should instruction on fractions be postponed until secondary school or should instruction at the elementary levels be revised? A battery of fraction tests consisting of 78 items was developed; tests were classified according to cognitive level as computation, comprehension, or applications. Tests were given to average eighth-grade students. More than 1500 students took 10-item parts of the battery. Results indicated that students do not have the fractional skills needed to compute or to solve problems. Responses to number line and diagramatic items indicate they understand fractional concepts; however, performance on other items indicates a poor understanding of the structure of the rational number system. The investigators recommended that some instruction on fractions be postponed. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Mathematics Education Study Group.
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