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Introduction to equation solving for a new generation of algebra learners
Abo Akad Univ, Fac Educ & Welf Studies, Turku, Finland.
Univ Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. Abo Akad Univ, Fac Educ & Welf Studies, Turku, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0120-9829
2017 (English)In: Proceedings Of The Tenth Congress Of The European Society For Research In Mathematics Education (CERME10) / [ed] Dooley, T Gueudet, G, 2017, p. 496-503Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Understanding of equality and solving equations are some of the big ideas in algebra. They have been in focus in early algebra research for some decades and in many countries it is now usual to work with equalities and solving equations using informal methods from early school years. However, it is not clear how the transition to formal methods of equation solving could be conducted in order to maintain students' interest and enhance their algebraic understanding. We shed light on the issue by reporting on what happens when three teachers introduce equation solving with formal methods in Grade 6 (age of 12) in Finland. We especially consider how the introduction could support students' development of an algebraic understanding of equality and their engagement in more formal mathematics.

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2017. p. 496-503
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Equations, primary school mathematics, equality, algebra
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391326ISI: 000467053300062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-391326DiVA, id: diva2:1344988
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10th Congress Of The European Society For Research In Mathematics Education (CERME10), Dublin, Ireland, feb 01-05, 2017
Available from: 2019-08-22 Created: 2019-08-22 Last updated: 2019-08-22Bibliographically approved

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