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ERIC Number: EJ794008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Taking a Closer Look at Young Students' Images of Area Measurement
Mulligan, Joanne; Prescott, Anne; Mitchelmore, Mike; Outhred, Lynne
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v10 n2 p4-8 2005
This article explores children's responses to a task that requires them to represent square units in a grid pattern, and highlights the importance to a child's mathematical development of recognizing pattern and structure. The grid task explores children's imagery association with area measurement, and provides clear evidence of students' difficulties in recognizing the importance of equal-sized unit squares and the row-column structure of the grid. The responses from students in this study supported earlier findings that students need to develop grouping, partitioning, and unitising skills. These skills can be developed in a carefully-sequenced program that must include the development of multiplication skills. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A