International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education

International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education
Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions
AMA 10th edition
In-text citation: (1), (2), (3), etc.
Reference: Lee HJ, Boyadzhiev I. Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions. INT ELECT J MATH ED. 2020;15(3), em0583. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/7835
APA 6th edition
In-text citation: (Lee & Boyadzhiev, 2020)
Reference: Lee, H.-J., & Boyadzhiev, I. (2020). Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15(3), em0583. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/7835
Chicago
In-text citation: (Lee and Boyadzhiev, 2020)
Reference: Lee, Hea-Jin, and Irina Boyadzhiev. "Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions". International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education 2020 15 no. 3 (2020): em0583. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/7835
Harvard
In-text citation: (Lee and Boyadzhiev, 2020)
Reference: Lee, H.-J., and Boyadzhiev, I. (2020). Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15(3), em0583. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/7835
MLA
In-text citation: (Lee and Boyadzhiev, 2020)
Reference: Lee, Hea-Jin et al. "Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions". International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, vol. 15, no. 3, 2020, em0583. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/7835
Vancouver
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Reference: Lee HJ, Boyadzhiev I. Underprepared College Students’ Understanding of and Misconceptions with Fractions. INT ELECT J MATH ED. 2020;15(3):em0583. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/7835

Abstract

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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