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Ten-year-old students solving linear equations. (English)
Learn. Math. 24, No. 2, 33-40 (2004).
It is the authors belief that the difficulties middle- and high-school students have with algebra result from their own previous experiences with a mathematics curriculum that focuses exclusively on arithmetic procedures and computation rules. In this article, they describe classroom and interview data showing that, if children are given the opportunity to discuss algebraic relations and to develop algebraic notations, even ten-year-old students can solve algebraic equations with unknown amounts on both sides of the equals sign.
Classification: H32 D42
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