ERIC Number: ED474728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Young Children's Growing Understanding of Fraction Ideas.
Steencken, Elena P.; Maher, Carolyn A.
This chapter presents a yearlong teaching experiment involving a 4th grade class in a New Jersey school that focused on fractions. The 25 children worked in pairs or in small groups, then came together as a whole class for sharing in larger discussions. The development of children's thinking is explored through analyzing videotapes of class sessions, studying the children's written work and researcher's field notes, and listening to students' conversations as they discussed their ideas with one another. Results indicate that students built important understanding of fractions by modeling, drawing pictures, and eventually developing the notation for their ideas. (KHR)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Concept Formation, Elementary Education, Fractions, Grade 4, Mathematics Education, Rational Numbers, Teaching Methods
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1906 Association, Reston, VA 20191-1502; tel: 703-620-9840 or 800-235-7566; web site: www.nctm.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey