This is a booklet written for teachers of adult learners. It is, of course, a useful guide for teachers of learners of all ages and addresses some of the complexities in teaching and learning fractions, including possible misconceptions. The document also includes some suggestions for activities that would be adaptable for use with children.
Nunes, T., Bryant P., Hurry, J. & Pretzlik, U. (2006) Teaching and learning research briefing, no 13, London, The Institute of Education Published by the Economic and Social research council NCETM
Rationale for teaching fractions, with careful consideration of likely misconceptions
Audrey’s acquisition of fractions - Keijzer, R. and Terwel, J. Audrey’s acquisition of fractions: A case study into the learning of formal mathematics in Educational Studies in Mathematics. Vol 47, Numb4er 1/ May 2001, pp 53 - 73
An account of one child’s learning journey, using a range of models and images
Pumfrey, L. Nrich article, available on their website
Explains the history of fractions, making useful links with the emergence of Egyptian fractions, which focus on unitary fractions, a useful starting point.
Moat, O.- article on the NCETM website
This article describes how Olivia, as part of her work on the MaST programme, used strips and cubes to support the understanding of fractions by a group of year 6 children