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Primary teacher studentsʼ understanding of fraction representational knowledge in Slovenia and Kosovo

Vida Manfreda Kolar and Eda Vula and Tatjana Hodnik Čadež (2018) Primary teacher studentsʼ understanding of fraction representational knowledge in Slovenia and Kosovo. CEPS Journal, 8 (2). pp. 71-95. ISSN 1855-9719

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    The study of primary teacher students’ knowledge of fractions is very important because fractions present a principal and highly complex set of concepts and skills within mathematics. The present study examines primary teacher students’ knowledge of fraction representations in Slo - venia and Kosovo. According to research, there are five subconstructs of fractions: the part-whole subconstruct, the measure subconstruct, the quotient subconstruct, the operator subconstruct and the ratio sub - construct. Our research focused on the part-whole and the measure subconstructs of fractions, creating nine tasks that were represented by different modes of representation: area/region, number line and sets of objects. The sample consisted of 76 primary teacher students in Slovenia and 93 primary teacher students in Kosovo. Both similarities and differ - ences of the primary teacher students’ interpretations of the representa - tions across the two countries were revealed and compared. The find - ings suggest that primary teacher students from both countries need to upgrade their understanding of fractions. The analysis confirms that the formal mathematical knowledge acquired by primary teacher students is not necessarily adequate for teaching elementary concepts in school.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: primary teacher student, fraction, representation, part-, whole subconstruct, measure subconstruct
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    https://ojs.cepsj.si/index.php/cepsj/article/view/342/280Alternative location
    https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/12040009Alternative location
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5129
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 10:34
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 10:34
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5129

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