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Empowering Andrea to help year 5 students construct fraction understanding

Baturo, Annette R. (2004) Empowering Andrea to help year 5 students construct fraction understanding. In Hoines, Marit J. & Fugelstad, Anne B. (Eds.) 28th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 14-18, 2004, Bergen, Norway.

Abstract

This paper provides a glimpse into the positive effect on student learning as a result of empowering a classroom teacher of 20 years (Andrea) with subject matter knowledge relevant to developing fraction understanding. Having a facility with fractions is essential for life skills in any society, whether metricated or non-metricated, and yet students the world over are failing in this aspect of mathematics (Queensland Studies Authority, 2002; TIMSS, 1997). Understanding fractions requires comprehension and coordination of several powerful mathematical processes (e.g., unitising, reunitising, and multiplicative relationships) (Baturo, 1997, 2000). While this paper will report on student learning outcomes, its major focus is to tell Andrea’s story and from this to draw implications for pre-service education and teaching.

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ID Code: 3271
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: mathematics, fraction, elementary education, primary, teaching, unitising, reunitising, part, whole understanding, partitioning, teacher knowledge
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:08

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