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An exploration of young students' ability to generalise function tasks

By Elizabeth Warren, Jodie Miller and Thomas J. Cooper

Abstract

The Early Years Generalising Project involves Australian students, Years 1-4 (age 5-9), and explores how the students grasp and express generalisations. This paper focuses on the data collected from clinical interviews with Year 3 and 4 cohorts in an investigative study focusing on the identifications, prediction and justification of function rules. It reports on students' attempts to generalise from function machine contexts, describing the various ways students express generalisation and highlighting the different levels of justification given by students. Finally, we conjecture that there are a set of stages in the expression and justification of generalisations that assist students to reach generality within tasks

Topics: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori), 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori), 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy, Generalisation, Mathematics education, Function machine, Early years generalising project, Functional thinking
Publisher: MERGA Inc.
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:46986

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