Date of Defense




First Advisor

Kate Kline, Mathematics

Second Advisor

Lauren Freedman, Teaching, Learning & Leadership

Third Advisor

Patti Andrea, Sunset Lake Elementary School


The goal of this research was to collect data and observations of the strategies teachers use when teaching a unit about fractions from a reform curriculum, and explore the relationship between patterns of these strategies and student understanding of the concepts. Exploring the issues of teacher questioning and probing student thinking, while allowing students to construct knowledge of fractions through various opportunities and activities is the primary focus. The author analyzes the patterns in these strategies to explore how they relate to student understanding and/or misconceptions. This entails investigating what strategies worked well and what could have been improved upon to better help students construct and understand the concepts concerning fractions.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only