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ERIC Number: EJ848971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Misconceptions about Density of Decimals: Insights from Indonesian Pre-Service Teachers
Widjaja, Wanty; Stacey, Kaye; Steinle, Vicki
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v31 n2 p117-131 Dec 2008
Extensive studies have documented various difficulties with, and misconceptions about, decimal numeration across different levels of education. This paper reports on pre-service teachers' misconceptions about the density of decimals. Written test data from 140 Indonesian pre-service teachers, observation of group and classroom discussions provided evidence of pre-service teachers' difficulties in grasping the density notion of decimals. This research was situated in a teacher education university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Incorrect analogies resulting from over generalization of knowledge about whole numbers and fractions were identified. Teaching ideas to resolve these difficulties and challenges in resolving pre-service teachers' misconceptions are discussed. Evidence from this research indicates that it is possible to remove misconceptions about density of decimals. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia