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Topic: Re: is learning fractions hurting children?
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Eileen Abrahamson

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Re: is learning fractions hurting children?
Posted: Aug 10, 1995 2:13 PM
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Kent wrote;

> Would anyone die if kids
>learned fractions in middle school when they are probably more
>developmentally ready. I know my ten year old daughter would be a happier
>camper if this happened.

Hi Kent;

I, personally, can not imagine how I could possibly discuss division
without bringing up the topic of fractions, since they are one and the

Personally, I believe that part of the difficulty with learning fractions
stems from the fact that they are treated as a separate entity. The
connection is often not made between division and fractions. I suspect
that this causes some conflict intelectually with students, who intuitively
recognize that they are one and the same, but begin to doubt their
intuition based on the fact that the instruction they are receiving appears
to be implying that they are some thing different than simply another
"word" to describe the division.

I do not know how this could be so, but this is how the standard elementary
textbooks treat them. I fortunately, or unfortunately, did not learn these
math concepts in the US from those old text books, so I am at a loss as to
the logic behind this separation approach.


Eileen Abrahamson
Edw. Neill Elemetary
13409 Upton Ave. So.
Burnsville, MN 55337

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