Teaching of Fractions is written for elementary school teachers and educators who want to consolidate and deepen their knowledge in pedagogy.
The chapters are in three parts. In the first chapter, readers get to review core ideas in fractions. The next two chapters focus on the operations on fractions – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The final two chapters deal with problem solving involving fractions including the use of bar models.
Some of the tasks are content-based and readers are invited to do the mathematics. Others are based on pedagogy where readers are invited to examine a situation to observe a pedagogical principle in action. In the chapters on problem solving, readers are invited to solve the problem themselves.
Learning in the Field provides tasks that teachers can try out in their classrooms. Such authentic situations are important in professional learning of teachers. Learning from Research provides research findings related to aspects of learning fractions.
This approach of combining content and pedagogy, and inviting readers to relate what they read with their own classroom observations and selected research, will result in professional learning that translates into the provision of high-quality mathematics instructions in schools. There is now ample evidence that quality of instruction is a critical factor in student learning (Hanusek, Jamison, Jamison, & Woessmann, 2008)
Teaching of Fractions is the third book in the series of Mathematics professional development titles, Teaching to Mastery: Mathematics .