ERIC Number: ED216884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Learning of Algebra: A Teaching Experiment.
This paper focuses on the identification of some conceptual factors underlying the initial learning of algebra. It describes a study which uncovered three predominant notions existing in a sample of ten 12- and 13-year olds prior to formal instruction in algebra, and the ways in which a particular approach to the teaching of algebra affected both the existing concepts and the construction of new ones. Analysis of protocol data indicates not only that certain aspects of the teaching outline provided powerful tools for transforming some of the pre-algebraic concepts, but also that contradictory notions seemed to coexist in the learner's conceptual framework and that some of these proved to be quite resilient to instruction.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Teaching Experiment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 18-23, 1982).