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ERIC Number: ED496965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Young Children's Ability to Generalise the Pattern Rule for Growing Patterns
Warren, Elizabeth
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (29th, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 10-15, 2005), v4 p305-312
A common approach used for introducing algebra to young adolescents is an exploration of visual patterns and expressing these patterns as functions and algebraic expressions. Past research has indicated that many adolescents experience difficulties with this approach. This paper explores teaching actions and thinking that begins to bridge many of these difficulties at an early age. A teaching experiment was conducted with two classes of students with an average age of nine years and six months. From the results it appears that young children are capable of not only thinking about the relationship between two data sets, but also of expressing this relationship in a very abstract form. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.) [For complete proceedings, see ED496851.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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