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ERIC Number: EJ1142015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Preservice Teachers' Algebraic Reasoning and Symbol Use on a Multistep Fraction Word Problem
Cullen, Amanda L.; Tobias, Jennifer M.; Safak, Elif; Kirwan, J. Vince; Wessman-Enzinger, Nicole M.; Wickstrom, Megan H.; Baek, Jae M.
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, v18 n1 p109-131 2017
Previous research on preservice teachers' understanding of fractions and algebra has focused on one or the other. To extend this research, we examined 85 undergraduate elementary education majors and middle school mathematics education majors' solutions and solution paths (i.e., the ways or methods in which preservice teachers solve word problems) when combining fractions with algebra on a multistep word problem. In this article, we identify and describe common strategy clusters and approaches present in the preservice teachers' written work. Our results indicate that preservice teachers' understanding of algebra include arithmetic methods, proportions, and is related to their understanding of a whole.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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