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ERIC Number: ED573208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Alternative Starting Point for Teaching Fractions
Cortina, Jose Luis; Visnovska, Jana; Zuniga, Claudia
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (35th, Singapore, Jul 2-6, 2012)
We investigate the viability of a new approach to initial fraction instruction. We establish the need to empirically investigate whether the proposed approach shares the strengths of currently used approaches, specifically, whether students will (a) construe problems based on the proposed approach as experientially real, and (b) bring up ideas that could be build upon in subsequent fraction instruction. We then present an analysis of sixteen student interviews from a school in southern Mexico (ages 8 and 9). The analysis supports the conjecture that the proposed approach to initial fraction instruction can be viable, and thus warrants further research attention.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: Mexico