Unpacking the Division Interpretation of a Fraction

  • Unpacking the Division Interpretation of a Fraction

    Rebecca C. Poon and Priscilla Eide Lewis
    Chew on why 13/7 = 13 ÷ 7 as we explore two classroom lessons that develop conceptual understanding by building on children’s knowledge of whole-number division.
    One of the challenges in learning fractions is understanding how and why a fraction can have multiple interpretations. As presented in one textbook, a fraction is “a symbol, such as 2/3, 5/1, or 8/5, used to name a part of a whole, a part of a set, a location on a number line, or a division of whole numbers” (Charles et al. 2012, p. 475). How can a fraction take so many forms? In particular, why is a fraction also a division of whole numbers (e.g., 13/7 = 13 ÷ 7)?
  • Leave Comment


    Please Log In to Comment