Solving Problems with The Percentage Bar

Frans van Galen, Dolly van Eerde

Abstract


At the end of primary school all children more of less know what a percentage is, but yet they often struggle with percentage problems. This article describes a study in which students of 13 and 14 years old were given a written test with percentage problems and a week later were interviewed about the way they solved some of these problems. In a teaching experiment the students were then taught the use of the percentage bar. Although the teaching experiment was very short - just one lesson  -  the results confirm that the percentage bar is a powerful model that deserves a central place in the teaching of percentages.


Keywords


percentage; model; design research

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22342/jme.4.1.558.1-8

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