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An investigation of fraction sense among Form One students : a qualitative study

Tee, Sean Sean and Bakar, Md. Nor (2005) An investigation of fraction sense among Form One students : a qualitative study. In: International Qualitative Convention (3rd., Johor Bahru : 2005), 2005, Johor Bahru. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Fraction is an important concept and considered to be a prerequisite to other topics in Mathematics. The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the sense of fraction, in particular, to understand the sense of orderliness of fractions that students possessed. Six selected Form One students were interviewed individually. Most of the students showed the sense of fraction towards denominator, where they were able to state the inverse relationship between denominator and fraction size. However, some of these students could not associate the information that they gained from denominator with nominator, which caused them to have the difficulty to determine the exact fraction size. Similar problem occurred when students were to compare the size between two fractions. The findings found in this study may have some direct implications for the teaching of fraction and also other mathematical concepts. More specifically, it suggests that teaching should focus on understanding and not rote memorization of facts and procedures.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions:Education
ID Code:5580
Deposited By: Abdul Razak Idris
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 15:32

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