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ERIC Number: EJ1174718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Examining Early Algebraic Thinking: Insights from Empirical Data
Chimoni, Maria; Pitta-Pantazi, Demetra; Christou, Constantinos
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v98 n1 p57-76 May 2018
The aim of this study is to better understand the notion of early algebraic thinking by describing differences in grade 4-7 students' thinking about basic algebraic concepts. To achieve this goal, one test that involved generalized arithmetic, functional thinking, and modeling tasks, was administered to 684 students from these grades. Quantitative analysis of the data yielded four distinct groups of students demonstrating a wide range of performance in these tasks. Qualitative analysis of students' solutions provided further insight into their understanding of basic algebraic concepts, and the nature of the processes and forms of reasoning they utilized. The results showed that students in each group were able to solve different number and types of tasks, using different strategies. Results also indicated that students from all grades were present in each group. These findings suggest the presence of a consistent trend in the difficulty level across early algebraic tasks which may support the existence of a specific developmental trend from more intuitive types of early algebraic thinking to more sophisticated ones.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4
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Language: English
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