Journal article

Understanding decimal numbers: a foundation for correct calculations.

Robyn U Pierce, Vicki A Steinle, Kaye C Stacey, Wanty Widjaja

Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh | Published : 2008


This paper reports on the effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve nursing students' conceptual understanding of decimal numbers. Results of recent intervention studies have indicated some success at improving nursing students' numeracy through practice in applying procedural rules for calculation and working in real or simulated practical contexts. However, in this we identified a fundamental problem: a significant minority of students had an inadequate understanding of decimal numbers. The intervention aimed to improve nursing students' basic understanding of the size of decimal numbers, so that, firstly, calculation rules are more meaningful, and secondly, students can interpr..

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