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ERIC Number: EJ820236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
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.)
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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