
05534011
j
2009b.00119
Koellner, Karen
Pittman, Mary
Frykholm, Jeffrey
Talking generally or generally talking in an algebra classroom.
Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 14, No. 5, 304310 (2008).
2008
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
C33
H23
E43
elementary algebra
grade 8
females
generalization
algebraic thinking
concept formation
comprehension
cooperative learning
discussion
problem solving
Summary: This article focuses on the ways in which four eighthgrade girls, each with varying levels of algebraic understanding, share ideas, debate, and gradually move toward generalizations inherent in the "Painted Cube" problem. The intent of this article is to examine how students move to progressive formalization and to provide insights into the ways that teachers can foster similar processes among their students. (Contains 2 figures.) (ERIC)