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ERIC Number: EJ785263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1386-4416
Mathematical Tasks Designed to Foster a Reconceptualized View of Early Arithmetic
Yackel, Erna; Underwood, Diana; Elias, Norma
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v10 n4-6 p351-367 Dec 2007
We discuss mathematical tasks used in a first mathematics content course for elementary teachers at our university to foster a deep conceptual understanding of early arithmetic, including basic concepts of number, number relationships and strategies, and coordinating units of different rank. Our approach is to immerse our students in a base 8 world for up to six weeks. A key aspect is that we develop base 8 vocabulary. We use base 8 analogs of instructional sequences developed in classroom teaching experiments in the elementary grades that have been proven successful to promote deep conceptual understandings of basic arithmetic and place-value numeration in young children. As a result, our students have unique opportunities to develop a reconceptualized view of early arithmetic and learn how it can be advanced.
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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