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HOW MY PRACTICE OF USING MANIPULATIVES IN TEACHING MULTIPLYING AND DIVIDING FRACTIONS INFLUENCES THE STUDENTS' CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF THESE OPERATIONS

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2006
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This qualitative study examined how my practice of using manipulatives to teach multiplying and dividing fractions to 8th grade students facilitated their conceptual understanding of those operations. The students who participated in the study were enrolled in one of my intensive mathematics classes. Before the lessons began, I interviewed the students and gave them a pre-assessment to determine their content knowledge and comfort level with manipulatives. The students engaged in activities that included solving problems using various manipulatives. During the activities, I made observations of their problem solving techniques and how they used the manipulatives. At the conclusion of the unit I gave them a post assessment and conducted post interviews to determine any change in their content knowledge and comfort level with using manipulatives. I concluded through my research that by giving the students a hands-on, minds-on approach to learning they were able to develop an understanding of the concepts and apply that knowledge to multiplying and dividing fractions.
Title: HOW MY PRACTICE OF USING MANIPULATIVES IN TEACHING MULTIPLYING AND DIVIDING FRACTIONS INFLUENCES THE STUDENTS' CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF THESE OPERATIONS.
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Name(s): Bale, Vickie, Author
Dixon, Juli, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This qualitative study examined how my practice of using manipulatives to teach multiplying and dividing fractions to 8th grade students facilitated their conceptual understanding of those operations. The students who participated in the study were enrolled in one of my intensive mathematics classes. Before the lessons began, I interviewed the students and gave them a pre-assessment to determine their content knowledge and comfort level with manipulatives. The students engaged in activities that included solving problems using various manipulatives. During the activities, I made observations of their problem solving techniques and how they used the manipulatives. At the conclusion of the unit I gave them a post assessment and conducted post interviews to determine any change in their content knowledge and comfort level with using manipulatives. I concluded through my research that by giving the students a hands-on, minds-on approach to learning they were able to develop an understanding of the concepts and apply that knowledge to multiplying and dividing fractions.
Identifier: CFE0001068 (IID), ucf:46812 (fedora)
Note(s): 2006-05-01
M Ed
Education, Department of Teaching and Learning Principles
Masters
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Subject(s): Using manipulaitves to teach fractions
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0001068
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Host Institution: UCF

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