Publication Date

2004

Abstract

Twelve students across Grades 2 to 6 were interviewed individually using a range of tasks, where the mathematical focus was a conceptual understanding of fractions. Careful listening established that despite giving a correct answer and appearing to have conceptual understanding, further probing sometimes revealed that the child had only a faulty procedural understanding. Similarly, success on one task did not guarantee success on a different but related task. Conversely, a task involving a continuous quantity enabled a child to move between discrete and continuous interpretations of fractional parts. This study supported the claimed advantages of one-to-one interviews over pen and paper tests, but also highlighted the importance of careful listening and the need for multiple tasks in the one mathematical domain in eliciting understanding.

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School of Education

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Open Access Conference Paper

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