Key ideas as guiding principles to support algebraic thinking in German primary schools

Faculty/Professorship: Mathematics Education  
Author(s): Steinweg, Anna Susanne  
Title of the compilation: Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME10, February 1 – 5, 2017)
Editors: Dooley, Thérèse; Gueudet, Ghislaine
Corporate Body: CERME10
Publisher Information: Dublin : DCU Institute of Education and ERME
Year of publication: 2017
Pages: 512-519
ISBN: 978-1-873769-73-7
Language(s): English
German mathematics teaching-units in primary school lack explicit algebra learning environments; however, the topics which are taught address algebraic thinking if seen from a new perspective. Teachers and children are mostly unaware of the algebraic potentials of tasks –especially in the scope of the content area patterns and structures. The project presented here submits a suggestion of algebraic key ideas as guiding principles to rethink ‘arithmetical’ topics and to design learning environments on algebraic thinking. Additionally, effects of implementing and evaluating such tasks are illustrated by one example.
Keywords: algebraic thinking, awareness, key ideas, patterns and structures, properties
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
Year of publication: 31. January 2018