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Strategies for comparing decimal numbers with the same whole-number part

Baturo, Annette R. & Cooper, Thomas J. (1995) Strategies for comparing decimal numbers with the same whole-number part. In Atweh, Bill & Flavel., Steve (Eds.) Proceedings of the18th Annual Conference Of The Mathematics Education Research Group Of Australia, MERGA, Northern Territory University, Darwin, North Territories, pp. 73-79.

Abstract

The strategies employed by 130 Grade 5 Brisbane students in comparing decimal numbers which have the same whole-number part were compared with those identified in similar studies conducted in the USA, France and Israel. Three new strategies were identified. Similar to USA results, the most common comparison errors stemmed from the incorrect whole-number strategy in which length is confused with size. The findings of this present study tend to support Resnick et al.’s (1989) hypothesis that the introduction of decimal-fraction recording before common-fraction recording seems to promote better comparison of decimal numbers.

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ID Code: 31361
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: comparing , decimal numbers, fraction , whole-number , primary school
ISBN: 0949070904
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 MERGA
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2010 08:50
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:10

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