Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions
Hea-Jin Lee 1 * , Irina Boyadzhiev 1
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1 Ohio State University, Lima, USA* Corresponding Author


This study investigated understanding of and misconceptions with fractions in college students enrolled in a remedial mathematics course. Data were collected from 22 college students for one semester. The analysis of 41 fraction problems revealed that participants’ common misconceptions were associated with a lack of understanding of basic definition of fractions, least common denominators/least common multiples, and order of operations. In addition, some students were able to recall the procedures but could not compute fractions accurately due to the misconceptions listed above.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, 2020, Volume 15, Issue 3, Article No: em0583


Publication date: 17 Mar 2020

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