ERIC Number: ED233907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of the Concept of "Fraction" from Grade Two through Grade Twelve. Final Report. Part One, Part Two and Appendix.
Davis, Robert B.
The ideas and techniques involved in learning about fractions were investigated with students in grades 1-12, in the first 3 years of colleges, in community college mathematics courses, and in graduate school. Also included were some high school mathematics teachers, some mathematicians, and some retired persons. Part I provides the rationale and an overview of the project. Part II presents the theoretical background, plans for interviews, and the findings, with excerpts from tape-recorded interviews. An appendix contains transcripts of the interviews. It was concluded that nearly all students have access to good processing capabilities when dealing with concrete materials, and a major task of school programs is to build on these capabilities. The importance of good mental representations is stressed. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Curriculum Lab.