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ERIC Number: EJ1139514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2194
EISSN: EISSN-1538-4780
Error Patterns in Ordering Fractions among At-Risk Fourth-Grade Students
Malone, Amelia S.; Fuchs, Lynn S.
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v50 n3 p337-352 May-Jun 2017
The three purposes of this study were to (a) describe fraction ordering errors among at-risk fourth grade students, (b) assess the effect of part-whole understanding and accuracy of fraction magnitude estimation on the probability of committing errors, and (c) examine the effect of students' ability to explain comparing problems on the probability of committing errors. Students (N = 227) completed a nine-item ordering test. A high proportion (81%) of problems were completed incorrectly. Most (65%) errors were due to students misapplying whole number logic to fractions. Fraction-magnitude estimation skill, but not part-whole understanding, significantly predicted the probability of committing this type of error. Implications for practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Wide Range Achievement Test
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324C100004; R24HD075443; HD15052; R324D130003