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**ERIC Number:**EJ273157

**Record Type:**CIJE

**Publication Date:**1982-Sep

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Why Do Children Find Algebra Difficult?

Thwaites, G. N.

Mathematics in School, v11 n4 p16-17 Sep 1982

An attempt is made to show that algebra is rarely obvious, and merely expecting children to learn rules is an oversimplification. Sections cover: (1) The Non-visual Nature of Algebra; (2) The Apparently Arbitrary Nature of Algebra; (3) The Relationship Between Symbolism, System and Question; (4) The Complex Nature of Algebra; and (5) Some Conclusions. (MP)

**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher

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**Audience:**Practitioners

**Language:**English

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