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Misconceptions about density of decimals : insights from Indonesian pre-service teachers’ work

Widjaja, Wanty, Stacey, Kaye and Steinle, Vicki 2008, Misconceptions about density of decimals : insights from Indonesian pre-service teachers’ work, Journal for science and mathematics education in Southeast Asia, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 117-131.

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Title Misconceptions about density of decimals : insights from Indonesian pre-service teachers’ work
Author(s) Widjaja, WantyORCID iD for Widjaja, Wanty orcid.org/0000-0002-7288-6088
Stacey, Kaye
Steinle, Vicki
Journal name Journal for science and mathematics education in Southeast Asia
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 131
Total pages 15
Publisher SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics
Place of publication Penang, Malaysia
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0126-7663
Keyword(s) decimals
pre-service teachers
misconceptions
density
Summary Extensive studies have documented various difficulties with, and misconceptions about, decimal numeration across different levels of education. This paper reports on pre-service teachers’ misconceptions about the density of decimals. Written test data from 140 Indonesian pre-service teachers, observation of group and classroom discussions provided evidence of pre-service teachers’ difficulties in grasping the density notion of decimals. This research was situated in a teacher education university in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Incorrect analogies resulting from over generalization of knowledge about whole numbers and fractions were identified. Teaching ideas to resolve these difficulties and challenges in resolving pre-service teachers’ misconceptions are discussed. Evidence from this research indicates that it is possible to remove misconceptions about density of decimals.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
130105 Primary Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930103 - Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048398

Document type: Journal Article
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