Exploring Common Misconceptions and Errors about Fractions among College Students in Saudi Arabia

  •  Yazan Alghazo    
  •  Runna Alghazo    


The purpose of this study was to investigate what common errors and misconceptions about fractions exist among Saudi Arabian college students. Moreover, the study aimed at investigating the possible explanations for the existence of such misconceptions among students. A researcher developed mathematical test aimed at identifying common errors about fractions as well as short interviews, aimed at understanding the thought process while solving problems on the test, were conducted among a total of 107 (n=107) college students. The findings suggested that the majority of college students in Saudi Arabia hold common misconceptions about fractions and mathematical calculations involving fractions, such as thinking that all fractions are always part of 1 and never greater than 1, and using cross multiplication to solve multiplication problems involving fractions.

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