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ERIC Number: EJ793982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Functional Thinking in a Year 1 Classroom: Activities that Support Its Development
Warren, Elizabeth; Benson, Samantha; Green, Sandra
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n3 p14-17 2007
The concept of a function is fundamental to virtually every aspect of mathematics and every branch of quantitative science. Presently this type of thinking is carolled at the secondary level, and yet it has many benefits for deepening the understanding of early arithmetic. This is particularly so in the way that operations can be considered as "changing" and how it explicitly illustrates the way in which addition and subtraction are inverse operations, with each "undoing" the other. With the move to introduce algebraic thinking into the elementary classrooms, this paper explores activities that exemplify this thinking with 6 year-old children. The authors collaboratively planned and implemented a series of hands-on activities over an eight-lesson program. The aim of these learning activities was to assist young children in understanding the key ideas in this area of mathematics. The activities not only encouraged active learning but also reflected the principles of socio-constructivist learning. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia