The Use of ATS to Acquire the Skill of Changing Fraction in Year 4 Students (40 - 57)

  • Mas Norbany Abu Samah
  • Syafiqah Liyana Saharudin
  • Nor’ain Mohd Tajudin
Keywords: Action research, primary school mathematics, ATS (Arrange the Square) manipulative materials, improper fractions, mixed numbers, Mathematics Year 4

Abstract

Analyses of teaching and learning of fraction topic showed that some students faced difficultiesin changing the improper fractions to mixed numbers. Various types of errors were detected through diagnostic test, observation, interviews and analysis of documents such as pupils’ worksheets and workbooks. Among the errors identified were wrong in algorithm division, building tables, writing mixed numbers and fractions using number lines. Therefore, this action research was conducted to improve the low achievement Year 4 pupils in learning fractions topic which involved skills of changing improper fractions to mixed numbers. Participants were guided to understand the concept and master the skills of changing the improper fractions to mixed numbers using ATS manipulative materials. The participants of the research consisted of two girls who were selected based on the results of the diagnostic tests. This action research employed a Model of Stephen Kemmis and Mc Taggart. Data were collected using the method of document analysis, observation and interview and were analyzed descriptively. The research showed that the intervention was successful in helping the participants to understand the concept and master the skills of changing the improper fractions to mixed numbers. In summary, the ATS manipulative materials is a user friendly tool and can be used in strengthening the concept of fractions, especially in skills of changing the improper fractions to mixed numbers.

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Published
2019-06-20
How to Cite
Abu Samah, M. N., Saharudin, S. L., & Mohd Tajudin, N. (2019). The Use of ATS to Acquire the Skill of Changing Fraction in Year 4 Students (40 - 57). Evaluation Studies in Social Sciences, 5(1), 40-57. Retrieved from https://ejournal.upsi.edu.my/index.php/ESSS/article/view/2567

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