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Dean's great discovery : multiplication, division and fractions

Vale, Colleen and Davies, Anne 2007, Dean's great discovery : multiplication, division and fractions, Australian primary mathematics classroom, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 18-22.

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Title Dean's great discovery : multiplication, division and fractions
Author(s) Vale, ColleenORCID iD for Vale, Colleen orcid.org/0000-0002-9070-7071
Davies, Anne
Journal name Australian primary mathematics classroom
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 18
End page 22
Total pages 5
Publisher Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1326-0286
1839-4833
Keyword(s) mathematics education
primary mathematics
multiplication
division
fractions
Summary Multiplication, division and fractions are 'hotspots' for students in the middle years with many students experiencing difficulty with these concepts (Siemon, Virgona & Cornielle, 2001). Arrays effectively model multiplication and help children develop multiplicative thinking and learn multiplication facts (Young-Loveridge, 2005). In this article we show how an open-ended array problem enabled a Grade 5/6 student to think about the relationship between multiplication, division and fractions. In the article we describe the project and 'hot spot' mathematical tasks that we used and provide some background on multiplicative thinking before presenting the case and a commentary (Western Melbourne Roundtable, 1997) of one student's exploration. This case was documented whilst we were working on a collaborative project with a team of upper primary teachers and a group of pre-service teachers at a local primary school.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044070

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