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ERIC Number: EJ793986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Developing an Understanding of the Concept of Area
Muir, Tracey
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n4 p4-9 2007
When asked to calculate the area of a particular shape, one student responded by asking, "Is that the outside or the inside?" while another student replied, "I think it's the one where you put a little 2 next to it." Both of these responses indicate a lack of conceptual understanding of area and reinforce the research findings that students commonly confuse area and perimeter and that many elementary and secondary school students have an inadequate understanding of area and area measurement. This article describes a learning sequence undertaken by the author with a grade 3/4 class that focused on developing an understanding of the concept of area and was consistent with Tasmania's curriculum documents advocating that the core content for Standard Three should introduce students to area by covering shapes and objects. The recommended structure for teaching measurement topics up to, but not including formula or application, was incorporated into the learning sequence. (Contains 6 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia