Pawnshops to Teach Percent and Percent to Teach Pawnshops

Laurie H. Rubel, Vivian Lim

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This paper focuses on student learning in the context of a curricular module on pawnshops piloted with 15 students in an urban high school. The paper describes pedagogical frameworks guiding the development of the module and summarizes key features of its curriculum. Analysis focuses on student growth with respect to mathematical understanding of percent and opinions about pawnshops. Findings include student adoption of ratio strategies indicative of conceptual understanding of percent, and development of critical opinions about pawnshops as a lending system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
EditorsT. Bartell, K. Bieda
Place of PublicationEast Lansing, Michigan
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education


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