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Measurement of Length: How Can We Teach It Better?

Constance Kamii 

October 2006, Volume 13, Issue 3, Page 154

Abstract:
Measurement of length is taught repeatedly starting in kindergarten and continuing in grades 1, 2, and beyond. However, during the past twenty-five years, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the outcome of this instruction has been disappointing. What is so hard about measurement of length? This article explains, on the basis of research, why instruction has been ineffective and suggests a better approach to teaching. Teachers can use these practical applications for teaching measurement in the classroom.

Keywords:
Linking Research and Practice
Research Summaries
Pre-K-2
Article
Curriculum Developer
Grades 3-5
Clinical Interviews
Conceptual Development
Communication
Curriculum
Math Coordinator / Coach
Teacher
Length
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Reasoning and Proof
Representation