
05239924
a
2008b.00371
Subramaniam, K.
Banerjee, Rakhi
Teaching arithmetic and algebraic expressions.
Johnsen H\o ines, Marit (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 28th international conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, PME 28, Bergen, Norway, July 1418, 2004. Bergen: Bergen University College. Part III, 121128 (2004).
2004
Bergen: Bergen University College
EN
H23
F33
C33
D43
A63
understanding of algebraic terms
arithmetic
concept formation
structure and meaning of algebraic expressions
elementary algebra
grade 6
lower secondary
empirical investigations
emis:proceedings/PME28/RR/RR200_Kalyanasundaram.pdf
Summary: A teaching intervention study was conducted with sixth grade students to explore the interconnections between students' growing understanding of arithmetic expressions and beginning algebra. Three groups of students were chosen, with two groups receiving instruction in arithmetic and algebra, and one group in algebra without arithmetic. Students of the groups that learnt arithmetic developed a strong understanding of the concept of term and applied it to reason about equal expressions. They performed better at some questions in algebra, especially those that required a sense of the structure and meaning of the expression.