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How well do your students understand fractions?

Michael Drake

Fractions are important mathematically and in everyday life but are complicated and difficult to learn. Teachers therefore need to be able to work out what students understand about fractions and what is causing them problems. This article reports on a study where students were asked to answer a number of items involving fractions on number lines and measurement scales. The items provided a simple way to assess and interpret student understanding that teachers may find useful.

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