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    A learning environment for promoting structured algebraic thinking in children

    Gutierrez-Santos, Sergio and Mavrikis, M. and Pearce, D. (2008) A learning environment for promoting structured algebraic thinking in children. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed.) 2008 Eighth IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, pp. 74-76. ISBN 9780769531670.

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    Although the notion of generality is central in mathematics and science, beingable to identify and express general patterns and/or articulate structures is one of the main difficulties for children when they learn mathematics. This paper presents a step towards a set of tools that addresses this problem by encouraging students to connect between actual activities within the task and expressions of generality. The paper introduces a novel tool - ShapeBuilder - and describes how it can be used in the context of a well-known generalisation activity: tiling a pond. Insights gained from various small-scale exploratory studies with children are discussed followed by a description of how we expect this tool to develop in future work.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 16:39
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:33


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