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Mulitplicative thinking in relation to commutativity and forms of representation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
2013 (English)In: Tasks and tools in elementary mathematics / [ed] Jarmila Novotná and Hana Moraová, Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Education , 2013, 179-187 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Multiplicative thinking and commutativity in multiplication have proved to be difficult for many children to learn and to use. Different representations of multiplicative situations may enhance the possibilities for children to understand multiplicative properties. In this paper 24 5th grade students’ use of multiplicative thinking is related to their understanding of commutativity and their choice of form of representation. The study discloses that students who use multiplicative thinking show understanding of commutativity to a greater extent as well as ability to use multiple forms of representation of multiplication compared to students who use additive thinking.

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Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Education , 2013. 179-187 p.
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Multiplicative thinking, commutativity, representation of multiplicative situations
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Mathematics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96267OAI: diva2:664877
International Symposium Elementary Maths Teaching, SEMT '13, Prague 2013
Available from: 2013-11-18 Created: 2013-11-18 Last updated: 2013-11-20Bibliographically approved

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