Previous Chapter Chapter 2: Behind Making 7—Algebra Connections Next Chapter

  • Citations
  • Add to My List
  • Text Size

Behind Making 7—Algebra Connections
Behind making 7—algebra connections

Arithmetic and algebra are intertwined. A profound understanding of the former supports a profound understanding of the latter. Memorization of addition “facts” and rote learning of addition algorithms without understanding can have a negative influence on the construction of algebraic knowledge. Studies have shown that the nature of primary-school arithmetic is too often procedural and concentrated on computational results (Carpenter, 2003; Kieran, 1989; Linchevski, 1995). While every teacher's wish is for students to know their basic “math facts,” focusing on procedural fluency and privileging right answers, at the expense of understanding the processes that lead to them, serves neither arithmetic nor algebra. It is pretty much established that cognitive obstacles arising from early arithmetic experiences that focus ...

Looks like you do not have access to this content.


Don’t know how to login?

Click here for free trial login.

Back to Top

Copy and paste the following HTML into your website