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ERIC Number: ED570289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-21
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving Children's Knowledge of Fraction Magnitudes
Fazio, Lisa K.; Kennedy, Casey A.; Siegler, Robert S.
Grantee Submission, PLOS ONE Oct 21, 2016
We examined whether playing a computerized fraction game, based on the integrated theory of numerical development and on the Common Core State Standards' suggestions for teaching fractions, would improve children's fraction magnitude understanding. Fourth and fifth-graders were given brief instruction about unit fractions and played "Catch the Monster with Fractions," a game in which they estimated fraction locations on a number line and received feedback on the accuracy of their estimates. The intervention lasted less than 15 minutes. In our initial study, children showed large gains from pretest to posttest in their fraction number line estimates, magnitude comparisons, and recall accuracy. In a more rigorous second study, the experimental group showed similarly large improvements, whereas a control group showed no improvement from practicing fraction number line estimates without feedback. The results provide evidence for the effectiveness of interventions emphasizing fraction magnitudes and indicate how psychological theories and research can be used to evaluate specific recommendations of the Common Core State Standards. [This article was published in PLOS ONE, Oct 21, 2016.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Beijing Normal University (BNU) (People's Republic of China)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324C100004; R305B100001; R305A150262