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\iteman{ZMATH 2007c.00285}
\itemau{Hackenberg, Amy J.}
\itemti{Units coordination and the construction of improper fractions: A revision of the splitting hypothesis.}
\itemso{J. Math. Behav. 26, No. 1, 27-47 (2007).}
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Summary: This article communicates findings from a year-long constructivist teaching experiment about the relationship between four sixth-grade students' multiplicative structures and their construction of improper fractions. Students' multiplicative structures are the units coordinations that they can take as given prior to activity -- i.e., the units coordinations that they have interiorized. This research indicates that the construction of improper fractions requires having interiorized three levels of units. Students who have interiorized only two levels of units may operate with fractions greater than one, but they don't produce improper fractions. These findings call for a revision in Steffe's hypothesis (Steffe, L. P. (2002). A new hypothesis concerning children's fractional knowledge. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 20, 267--307) that upon the construction of the splitting operation, students' fractional schemes can be regarded as essentially including improper fractions. While the splitting operation seems crucial in the construction of improper fractions, it is not necessarily accompanied by the interiorization of three levels of units.
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\itemcc{F43 C33}
\itemut{improper fractions; units coordination; splitting; iterating; fractional schemes; teaching experiment; educational research}
\itemli{doi:10.1016/j.jmathb.2007.03.002}
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