A Systematic Analysis of Experimental Studies Targeting Fractions for Students with Mathematics Difficulties

Jiwon Hwang, Paul J. Riccomini, Seok Yoon Hwang, Stephanie Morano

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Abstract

Developing an understanding of fractions is critical and is an educational focus, as reflected in national standards and principles. This study conducted a quantitative synthesis of 22 experimental studies to investigate the overall efficacy of previously conducted fraction interventions compared to standard instruction. Instruction type and achievement level were used to examine variations of the effect sizes. The results indicated that intervention was more effective than standard instruction only in problem-solving domains, and the effects were differentiated by instruction type and achievement level. This study provides a diagnostic view of the current state of U.S. mathematics education on fractions, along with insights for future directions in fraction instruction, particularly focusing on students with mathematics difficulties. Educational implications and limitations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalLearning Disabilities Research and Practice
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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