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Do RealLife Situations Help Sixth Graders Understand the Meaning of Multiplication of Fractions?
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Identifier
Thesis
1725
Author
Fantano, Jennifer W.
Title
Do
RealLife
Situations
Help
Sixth
Graders
Understand
the
Meaning
of
Multiplication
of
Fractions
?
Publisher
Central Connecticut State University
Date
2003
Resource Type
Master's Thesis
Notes
This
investigation
examined
the
impact
reallife
situations
have on the
understanding
of
multiplication
of
fractions
.
Two
groups
of
sixth
graders
,
each
consisting
of
15
students
,
came
to
instruction
with
prior
knowledge
related
to the
partition
notion—the
process
of
dividing
a
whole
or
unit
into
equalsized
parts
.
Students
were also
asked
to
use
their
prior
knowledge
of
basic
multiplication
facts
in
order
to
bridge
the
multiplication
of
whole
numbers
to the
multiplication
of
fractions
. The
experimental
group
was
exposed
to
reallife
situations
as
well
as
symbolic
and
iconic
instructional
methods
in
order
to
develop
a
meaningful
understanding
of
multiplication
of
fractions
,
while
the
control
group
used
traditional
textbook
methods
utilizing
only
symbolic
and
iconic
instructional
methods
to
find
correct
answers
. The
control
group
, as
well
as the
experimental
group
, was
pre
and
posttested
with the
same
teachermade
instrument
. This
investigation
took
about
one
month
to
complete
. The
results
suggested
that the
experimental
group
had a
richer
understanding
of
multiplication
of
fractions
due
to the
exposure
to
reallife
situations
. The
control
group
understood
how to
multiply
fractions
;
however
, there was
no
significant
indication
that they
grasped
the
reallife
meaning
of
multiplication
of
fractions
on the
symbolic
and
iconic
levels
.
Performance
of the
experimental
and
control
groups
on the
subtests
involving
the
creation
of
word
problems
showed
a
significant
difference
between
the
pre
and
posttest
. The
findings
supported
the
position
that
teaching
methods
that
involve
reallife
situations
made
a
difference
in the
understanding
of
multiplication
of
fractions
.
Subject
Fractions  Study and teaching (Elementary)
Arithmetic  Study and teaching (Elementary)
Department
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Advisor
Halloran, Philip P
Type
Text
Digital Format
application/pdf
Language
eng
OCLC number
713733890
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