ERIC Number: EJ1028803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
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Making Connections: Elementary Teachers' Construction of Division Word Problems and Representations
Timmerman, Maria A.
School Science and Mathematics, v114 n3 p114-124 Mar 2014
If teachers make few connections among multiple representations of division, supporting students in using representations to develop operation sense demanded by national standards will not occur. Studies have investigated how prospective and practicing teachers use representations to develop knowledge of fraction division. However, few studies examined primary (K-3) teachers' learning of contextual division problems, making connections among representations of division, and resolving the ambiguity of representing quotients with remainders. A written post-course assessment provided evidence that most teachers created partitive division word problems, used a set model without splitting the remainder, and wrote equations with limited success. Post-course written reflections demonstrated that many teachers developed pedagogical knowledge for helping students make connections among multiple representations, and mathematical knowledge of unit fractions. These findings suggest two areas that have implications for mathematics teacher educators who design professional development courses to facilitate teachers' learning of mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge of division and fraction relationships.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Word Problems (Mathematics), Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Mathematical Concepts, Arithmetic, Primary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
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