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Son, Ji-Won – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011
The topic of fractions is an important concept in elementary school mathematics. The study of fractions not only enables students to perform computations but also provides a foundation for later work with rates, percents, slope, and other topics in secondary school mathematics. However, research has long reported that many students and even adults…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement
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Englard, Lisa – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2010
In a 1981 diagnostic test, the Ministry of Education in Singapore found its country facing a challenge: Only 46 percent of students in grades 2-4 could solve word problems that were presented without such key words as "altogether" or "left." Yet today, according to results from the Trends in International Mathematics and…
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Problem Solving, Foreign Countries, Word Problems (Mathematics)
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Battista, Michael T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1999
Presents an overview of the geometry findings of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and ways to use problems from the study to assess students' understanding of geometry. (ASK)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Foreign Countries