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Faculty Seminar Series
Wednesday March 31, 2010
11:45 AM- 1:15 PM
28 Peik Hall
Topic: Rational Number Project (RNP)
Presenter: Professor Kathy Cramer

The Rational Number Project (RNP) is a long-term research and development project focusing on the teaching and learning of fractions, decimals, and proportionality. Between 1979 and 2009, the RNP group has received over $4,500,000 in external support from the National Science Foundation. Thomas Post was one of the founding members of this project working closely with Merlyn Behr, Northern Illinois University and Richard Lesh, Indiana University. I became involved with the RNP as a graduate student on the first grant and became Co-PI and PI on later grants.

At this session I will share with you the history of the RNP project highlighting the major products of this research and curriculum development project related to young children's understanding of initial fraction ideas. I will end the session by sharing our current work that has been funded by the NSF in the latest RNP grant. This work focused on teaching and learning of fraction operations with 6th graders. Terry Wyberg and I partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools in this latest endeavor.

Come join us for a stimulating presentation/discussion along with pizza from MESA and a cold drink.

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