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ERIC Number: ED500906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Particular and General in Early Symbolic Manipulation
Bills, Liz; Ainley, Janet; Wilson, Kirsty
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v2 p105-112
The teaching and learning of early algebra draw heavily on arithmetic and the relationship between these two forms of activity is much debated. Drawing on interviews with 12 year old pupils we consider the ways in which some pupils used substitution of numbers for letters to extend their ability to manipulate algebraic expressions. We argue that teaching programmes need to emphasise "seeing the particular in the general" alongside the manipulation of general expressions. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 figures.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500859.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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