Seventh grade students' understanding of linear measurement: what has been learned about linear measurement in seven years of schooling process?


Sisman G. T. , AKSU M.

4th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), Barcelona, Spain, 2 - 05 February 2012, vol.46, pp.1905-1909 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 46
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.05.400
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.1905-1909

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the extent to which students comprehend the basic concepts and skills of linear measurement. The data were some part of a larger study and collected from 134 seventh grade students attending a public primary school in a medium socio-economic area of Ankara, Turkey through a set of tasks that were designed to challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills about linear measurement in different contexts. Results indicated that an alarming number of the students started with 1, instead of zero, while measuring with a ruler. Most of them did not comprehend the nature of linear measurement. Hence, student's understanding of linear measurement was observed to be still superficial and inadequate, even though linear measurement was introduced to students in the first grade. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu