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ERIC Number: EJ838661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
Elementary School Mathematics Priorities
Wilson, W. Stephen
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v6 n1 p40-49 Spr 2009
This article first describes some of the basic skills and knowledge that a solid elementary school mathematics foundation requires. It then elaborates on several points germane to these practices. These are then followed with a discussion and conclude with final comments and suggestions for future research. The article sets out the five building blocks of elementary mathematics: numbers, the place value system, whole number operations, fractions and decimals, and problem solving. It stresses the need for precision otherwise ambiguity creeps in and we are no longer dealing with mathematics. It notes that abstraction is part of the underlying power of mathematics and it should be taught from the earliest grades. It also notes that the structure of mathematics is hierarchical and dictates that certain topics must be taught and mastered before others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A