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ERIC Number: EJ1096147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
A Fair and Balance Approach to the Mean
Peters, Susan A.; Bennett, Victoria Miller; Young, Mandy; Watkins, Jonathan D.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v21 n6 p364-375 Feb 2016
The mean can be interpreted as a fair-share value and as a balance point. Standards documents, including Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010), suggest focusing on both interpretations. In this article, the authors propose a sequence of five activities to help students develop these understandings of the mean, and they offer insights for implementing the activities. They include extensive use of representations, from concrete to abstract (Bruner 1966), to scaffold students' experiences and sequence discussions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1149403