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National Curriculum: Fractions (including decimals and precentages) - Year 2 - Articles

Created on 15 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 11 February 2014 by ncetm_administrator


Rationale for teaching fractions, with consideration of likely misconceptions

An overall guide to some of the complexities in teaching and learning fractions. Includes possible misconceptions as well as suggestions for activities.

Aspects of a teacher’s mathematical knowledge in a lesson on fractions taken from: Joubert, M. (Ed.) Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics . 29 (3), p1-6.Journal article addresses teachers’ mathematical knowledge and looks into the factors which lie behind the fact that some pupils’ concepts of fractions are only partly developed.

This article looks into some different perspectives through which children see fractions. It looks into some of those perspectives, firstly by considering what happens in situations where learners are trying to create equal shares. From sharing using halves learners move to partitioning using other divisions, such as fifths or sixths.


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