Fostering Elementary Pre-service Teachers’ Mathematical Dispositions for Learning Division of Fractions

By Grant Sasse, Hsing-Wen Hu and Kathryn Ohle.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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This study investigated the influence of mathematical dispositions toward elementary pre-service teachers’ competency in learning division of fractions. Twelve intervening lessons were conducted for interweaving mathematical dispositions, mathematical competency, and the concept of division of fractions. The study included thirty-six participants majoring in elementary education; of them, five were minoring in mathematics, fifteen were minoring in science, and sixteen were minoring in other subject minors. A one-group pre-test-post-test design was used to determine how mathematical dispositions impact participants’ mathematical competency while they reconstruct the knowledge of division of fractions. This study confirmed the results of previous studies about elementary pre-service teachers’ insufficient knowledge of division of fractions. Further, it suggested that a curriculum design, along with fostering elementary pre-service teachers’ mathematical dispositions and competency, could be another way to increase elementary pre-service teachers’ understanding of division of fractions.

Keywords: Division of Fractions, Mathematical Dispositions, Elementary Pre-service Teachers

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp.35-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 6, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 982.635KB)).

Dr. Grant Sasse

Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Dr. Hsing-Wen Hu

Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Dr. Kathryn Ohle

Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, USA