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ERIC Number: EJ1098428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
The Complexities of Teaching Prime Decomposition and Multiplicative Structure with Tools to Preservice Elementary Teachers
Kurz, Terri L.; Garcia, Jorge
Journal of Research in Education, v22 n2 p169-192 Fall 2012
Preservice elementary teachers often struggle with prime decomposition and other mathematical topics that correlate with number theory. This paper provides a framework for integrating prime factor tiles into their curriculum with a particular emphasis on prime decomposition. Using this framework, preservice teachers explored and evaluated numbers using prime factor tiles. The results of the exploratory inquiry showed that preservice teachers made some progress in their understanding of prime decomposition after exploring with the tools. However, they struggled with problems requiring the application of prime decomposition. More time to delve into this topic is probably needed in order to observe further gains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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