Pre-service elementary teachers’ strategies for tiling and relating area units


Megan H. Wickstrom, Elizabeth W. Fulton, Mary Alice Carlson


Journal of Mathematical Behavior


It has been established that preservice elementary school teachers (PSTs) often employ procedural methods when solving measurement problems without conceptual understanding or flexibility, but a significant gap exists in the literature identifying why. Through the lens of discrete and continuous interpretations of area, this study extends the research base by describing strategies PSTs use to tile a two-dimensional space with varying size tiles and what these strategies imply about PSTs’ conceptions of area measurement. These strategies and implied conceptions enable further discussion on the multiple purposes of the area model as an illustrative measure for mathematics throughout the elementary school curriculum.



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