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Chinnappan, M. (2005). Children's mappings of part-whole construct of fractions. In P. Clarkson & A. DOWNTON (Eds.), Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 241-248). SYDNEY: MERGA.


The representation of part-whole relations that are embodied in fractional numbers continues to be a problematic area of learning for many children. In this study I examine this problem with a ten-year old child by analyzing his mappings between the language of fractions, area models and symbols. The visual mode ls in this study were built and modified with computer manipulatives called Javabars. Results of analysis showed that the participant experienced difficulty in mapping symbo lic representation of selected fractions to the area analogs.

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