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ERIC Number: EJ793907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Using Repeating Patterns to Explore Functional Thinking
Warren, Elizabeth; Cooper, Tom
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v11 n1 p9-14 2006
Traditionally, primary schools place minimal emphasis upon relations and transformations as objects of study. In their research, the authors have found the young children can engage in conversations about equivalence and equations (Warren & Cooper, 2005a) and functional thinking (Warren & Cooper, 2005b). Fundamental to relations and transformations is the concept of the function, that is, how the value of certain quantities relate to the value of other quantities (Chazan, 1996), or how values are changed or mapped to other quantities, referred to in the literature as co-variational thinking. This paper reports on some recent classroom teaching that attempts to examine repeating patterns and use children's understandings of repeating pattern to begin to explore concepts related to functional thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia