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ERIC Number: EJ874174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
Monitoring Progress in Algebra in a CAS Active Context: Symbol Sense, Algebraic Insight and Algebraic Expectation
Pierce, Robyn; Stacey, Kaye
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v11 n1 p3-12 2004
The purpose of this paper is to provide researchers with a shared framework, terminology and tool to improve the coherence of research into learning mathematics with CAS and to assist its findings to accumulate into a significant body of knowledge. Experience with calculators in arithmetic led to a framework for number sense. There is an obvious parallel for algebra, where the development of algebraic insight to monitor symbolic work will assume high importance. We present a framework for algebraic insight then explore one aspect, algebraic expectation, in detail. Just as estimation is a valued skill for monitoring arithmetic calculations, we suggest that expectation should be a focus in teaching algebra, especially when symbolic technology is available. Through typical examples, we demonstrate the value of the algebraic insight framework for monitoring students' work with CAS. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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