Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Academic journal article Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom

Editorial

Article excerpt

Recent years have seen an increased emphasis in curriculum frameworks across Australia on the development of the concepts and processes of algebra as an important aspect of mathematical thinking. We are fortunate in this issue of the journal to be able to bring together two articles by researchers who are leading the way in new understandings of how algebraic thinking begins in pre-school children and in the early years of primary school. The article by Warren, Benson and Green explores the development of early algebraic or functional thinking from the perspective of understanding number relationships and the idea of change processes. Marina Papic's article looks at the pathway to algebraic thinking provided by working with repeating and growing patterns. Together they present teachers with background and practical ideas for planning quality learning experiences for their students.

Mapping is a topic that holds great potential for encountering a range of mathematical concepts as well as engaging students in meaningful and engaging tasks. Tromp and Davis discovered that designing 'race tracks' captured the attention of a class of Year 5 students and resulted in substantial mathematical learning through the exploration of a variety of representations. …

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