Materials recently published to assist in improving children's understanding of fractions:
Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade (2010) U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - Institute for Education Studies
The publicaton provides strategies to develop young children’s understanding of early fraction concepts and ideas for helping older children understand the meaning of fractions and the computations involved. The guide also highlights ways to build on students’ existing strategies to solve problems involving ratios, rates, and proportions.
Download the guide at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/publications/practiceguides/
Foundations for Success: The final report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008) U. S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The publication presents a framework of opportunities for the improvement in mathematics education. The recommendations address every aspect of the mathematics education system, including curricular strategies as well as teacher preparation and the need for research on how children learn mathematics concepts.
Download the report at: www.ed.gov/MathPanel