Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 73–89 | Cite as

Odds and Ends of Odds and Evens: An Inquiry Into Students' Understanding of Even and Odd Numbers

  • Rina Zazkis


Differences in preservice elementary school teachers' perceptions between divisibility by two, or 'evenness' and divisibility by another number have been observed. This led to an inquiry into participants' understanding of the parity of the whole numbers. The results reveal that the equivalence of the number properties of being 'even' and being 'divisible by two' is not taken for granted. Rather, the parity is often perceived as a function of the last digit of the number. The extent of this perception is investigated. Some pedagogical approaches are considered.


Elementary School School Teacher Pedagogical Approach Elementary School Teacher Number Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rina Zazkis
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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