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ERIC Number: EJ943280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Obstacles and Challenges in Preservice Teachers' Explorations with Fractions: A View from a Small-Scale Intervention Study
Osana, Helena P.; Royea, Diana A.
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v30 n4 p333-352 Dec 2011
In this study, we implemented one-on-one fractions instruction to eight preservice teachers. The intervention, which was based on the principle of Progressive Formalization (Freudenthal, 1983), was centered on problem solving and on progressively formalizing the participants' intuitive knowledge of fractions. The objectives of the study were to examine the potential effects of the intervention and to uncover specific difficulties experienced by the preservice teachers during instruction. Results revealed improvement on one measure of conceptual knowledge, but not on a transfer task, which required the teachers to generate word problems for number sentences involving fractions. In addition, the qualitative analysis of the videotaped instructional sessions revealed a number of cognitive obstacles encountered by the participants as they attempted to construct meaningful solutions and represent those solutions symbolically. Based on the findings, specific suggestions for modifying the intervention are provided for mathematics teacher educators. (Contains 6 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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