Teaching measurement

Shirali, Padmapriya (2015) Teaching measurement. At Right Angles, 4 (2). pp. 1-12.

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Measurement occupies a unique position in the curriculum, for various reasons. As it is an essential everyday activity in human life, children are naturally exposed to measurement in various situations at home and elsewhere. Also, measurement overlaps both with numbers and geometry. It involves spatial dimensions as well as counting. In measurement, one is measuring one attribute in terms of another attribute. Also one is expressing a non-discrete quantity in terms of discrete numbers. Since there are different ways of measuring the given length or mass, the choice of the measure is dependent on the purpose that needs to be served. Children need to understand that some contexts require precision to a fine degree while some require approximate figures. A strong foundation in measurement concepts leads to a better understanding of decimal numbers in particular.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Shirali, Padmapriya
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Measurement, Length, Height, Weight, Capacity, Size, Comparison, Estimation
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/1727
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