**ERIC Number:**EJ820236

**Record Type:**Journal

**Publication Date:**2008-Sep

**Pages:**12

**Abstractor:**As Provided

**Reference Count:**26

**ISBN:**N/A

**ISSN:**ISSN-1033-2170

How Structure Sense for Algebraic Expressions or Equations Is Related to Structure Sense for Abstract Algebra

Novotna, Jarmila; Hoch, Maureen

Mathematics Education Research Journal, v20 n2 p93-104 Sep 2008

Many students have difficulties with basic algebraic concepts at high school and at university. In this paper two levels of algebraic structure sense are defined: for high school algebra and for university algebra. We suggest that high school algebra structure sense components are sub-components of some university algebra structure sense components, and that several components of university algebra structure sense are analogies of high school algebra structure sense components. We present a theoretical argument for these hypotheses, with some examples. We recommend emphasizing structure sense in high school algebra in the hope of easing students' paths in university algebra. (Contains 2 footnotes and 1 table.)

Descriptors: High Schools, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, College Mathematics, Computation, Mathematics Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics

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**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive

**Education Level:**Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education

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**Language:**English

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**Identifiers - Location:**Czech Republic; Israel