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ERIC Number: EJ836059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Patterns, Quantities, and Linear Functions
Ellis, Amy B.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v14 n8 p482-491 Apr 2009
Pattern generalization and a focus on quantities are important aspects of algebraic reasoning. This article describes two different approaches to teaching and learning linear functions for middle school students. One group focused on patterns in number tables, and the other group worked primarily with real-world quantities. This article highlights the different learning dynamics, reasoning activities, and student ideas that can emerge in classrooms that take a number-pattern approach or a quantitative reasoning approach to linear functions. (Contains 6 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A