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ERIC Number: EJ765495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 63
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
Professional Development Focused on Children's Algebraic Reasoning in Elementary School
Jacobs, Victoria R.; Franke, Megan Loef; Carpenter, Thomas P.; Levi, Linda; Battey, Dan
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v38 n3 p258-288 May 2007
A yearlong experimental study showed positive effects of a professional development project that involved 19 urban elementary schools, 180 teachers, and 3735 students from one of the lowest performing school districts in California. Algebraic reasoning as generalized arithmetic and the study of relations was used as the centerpiece for work with teachers in Grades 1-5. Participating teachers generated a wider variety of student strategies, including more strategies that reflected the use of relational thinking, than did nonparticipating teachers. Students in participating classes showed significantly better understanding of the equal sign and used significantly more strategies reflecting relational thinking during interviews than did students in classes of nonparticipating teachers. (Contains 8 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Cited: ED532215; ED544681