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Learning to Use Fractions: Examining Middle School Students' Emerging Fraction Literacy

Debra I. Johanning 

May 2008, Volume 39, Issue 3, Page 281

Abstract:
This article describes one prevalent practice that a group of 6th- and 7th-grade students engaged in when they used fractions in the context of area and perimeter, decimal operations, similarity, and ratios and proportions. The study's results revealed that students did not simply take the concepts and skills learned in formal fractions units and use them in these other mathematical content areas. Their understanding of how to use fractions was tied to their understanding of situations in which they could be used.

Keywords:
Grade 6
Grade 7
Research Studies
Article
Conceptual Development
Curriculum
Math Coordinator / Coach
Teacher
Fractions / Decimals / Percents / Rational Numbers
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Professional Development / Teacher Education
Representation
Theory
Number Patterns
Number Theory
Prime Numbers