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ERIC Number: ED566256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Developmental Growth Trajectories in Understanding of Fraction Magnitude from Fourth through Sixth Grade
Resnick, Ilyse; Jordan, Nancy C.; Hansen, Nicole; Rajan, Vinaya; Rodrigues, Jessica; Siegler, Robert S.; Fuchs, Lynn S.
Grantee Submission, Developmental Psychology v52 n5 p746-757 May 2016
Development of fraction number line estimation was assessed longitudinally over five time points between fourth and sixth grades. Although students showed positive linear growth overall, latent class growth analyses revealed three distinct growth trajectory classes: Students who were highly accurate from the start and became even more accurate (n = 154); students who started inaccurate but showed steep growth (n = 121); and students who started inaccurate and showed minimal growth (n = 197). Younger and minimal growth students typically estimated both proper and improper fractions as being less than one, failing to base estimates on the relation between the numerator and denominator. Class membership was highly predictive of performance on a statewide-standardized mathematics test as well as on a general fraction knowledge measure at the end of sixth grade, even after controlling for mathematic specific abilities, domain general cognitive abilities, and demographic variables. Multiplication fluency, classroom attention, and whole number line estimation acuity at the start of the study predicted class membership. The findings reveal that fraction magnitude understanding is central to mathematical development. [This paper was published in "Developmental Psychology" (EJ1098744).]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324C100004; R305B130012