Keywords

Fractions, Mathematics -- Study and teaching, Sixth grade (Education), Word problems (Mathematics)

Abstract

The purpose of this action research study was to evaluate my own practice of teaching writing word problems with fraction subtraction and fraction multiplication using appropriate context. I wanted to see how focusing my instruction on the use of the area model and manipulatives could develop students’ understanding of fractions when writing word problems. I chose this topic because Florida has adopted the Common Core State Standards and will be implementing them in the coming years. These standards encourage the development of deeper understanding of mathematics, including fractions. I hoped this research would give my students the opportunity to make sense of fraction subtraction and fraction multiplication word problems on a deeper level, while giving me insight into my own practice in teaching context within word problems. Through this study, I learned that my students continued to switch the context of subtraction with multiplication within word problems. Students did make clear gains in their writing of fraction subtraction and fraction multiplication word problems. Although there is a limited amount of research on students mixing their context within fraction word problems, this study offers additional insight into a teacher’s practice with writing fraction word problems

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Graduation Date

2011

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Dixon, Juli K.

Degree

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

College

College of Education

Department

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Degree Program

K-8 Math and Science

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0004111

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0004111

Language

English

Release Date

December 2011

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Education, Education -- Dissertations, Academic

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