ERIC Number: ED449015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Building a Foundation for Learning Algebra in the Elementary Grades.
Carpenter, Thomas P.; Levi, Linda; Farnsworth, Valerie
In Brief, v1 n2 Fall 2000
"In Brief" focuses on K-12 mathematics and science research and implications for policymakers, educators, and researchers seeking to improve student learning and achievement This brief highlights the learning gains of 240 elementary students involved in a long-term study in Madison, Wisconsin and their remarkable ability to reason with arithmetic in ways that build their capacity for algebraic reasoning. The research summarized in this article shows that with appropriate teacher professional development, teachers can learn to help students learn mathematics in ways that both enhance their understanding of arithmetic and provide a foundation for learning algebra. Teaching and policy considerations for learning algebra in the elementary grades are attached. (ASK)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Algebra, Arithmetic, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Development, Teaching Methods
NCISLA, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706. For full text: http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/ncisla.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Researchers; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science.
Note: Published quarterly.