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ERIC Number: EJ779072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Students' Conceptions of Models of Fractions and Equivalence
Jigyel, Karma; Afamasaga-Fuata'i, Karoline
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v63 n4 p17-25 2007
A solid understanding of equivalent fractions is considered a steppingstone towards a better understanding of operations with fractions. In this article, 55 rural Australian students' conceptions of equivalent fractions are presented. Data collected included students' responses to a short written test and follow-up interviews with three students from each year. This exploratory study found most participating Years 4, 6 and 8 students were familiar with geometric area models, particularly circles, and able to explain equivalent fractions when presented geometrically as area models but had difficulties when equivalents were presented numerically as a/b. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia