n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - How do I teach fractions?

Volume 2004, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Dealing with fractions requires a lot of understanding and meaning. The way we teach fractions has a great impact on the understanding of the concept. Most teachers of Mathematics used to call fractions as some number over another number (e.g. ½ is 'one over two'). Let's take the case of a half. If the whole is divided into two equal parts and then one part is taken or shaded, the taken or shaded part is normally called 'one over two' (or one out of two). Learners grasp the concept of fraction in this way and deal well with a lot of fractions in which they link the diagrams with representations in the form of numbers.

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