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ERIC Number: EJ1177976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1029-8457
Prospective Primary School Teachers' Attempts to Pose Acceptable Word Problems on the Addition of Fractions: Some Insights from South Africa and the United States of America
Austin, Pam; Carbone, Rose Elaine; Webb, Paul
African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, v15 n2 p168-178 2011
This research study, carried out in South Africa and the United States of America, investigated issues that may hamper prospective primary school teachers from writing acceptable problem posing scenarios involving the addition of fractions. Pre-service teachers (n=44) were asked to compose real life problems involving the addition of two fractions where the sum is greater than one. The data generated suggest that issues that hamper the writing of acceptable problem scenarios are an inability to recognise that uniform units must be used, i.e. that for units to be comparable they must be the same size and shape, that standard/formal units of measurement must be used rather than informal units, and that different units of measurement cannot be used to represent the same fractional part. Another issue is the apparent inability of some students to recognise that the sum of given fractions can be greater than one whole. Finally, the use of colloquial language and local context were considered in terms of posing appropriate word problems involving fractions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United States
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