Foundations of Algebra focuses on the verbalization and justification of generalizations about the behavior of math operations in elementary-grade classrooms. Such a focus prepares students for algebra at the same time that it supports the development of computational fluency.
The project consists of three stages:
- Experienced teacher-writers will produce readable and informative accounts of their work with students as they develop, represent, and justify general claims across a full school year.
- These accounts will form the basis of a book that addresses the following: 1) What such general claims are; 2) How the claims can be introduced into elementary classrooms; 3) The nature of proof at this level; 4) How this work supports the range of learners, including both students who excel in computation and those who struggle
- The book, in turn, will form the basis of an online course, which will be piloted and field tested.
[This project is inactive but is presented here for archival purposes.]
EDC Project Director: Deborah Schifter
Funder: National Science Foundation
Partner: Mount Holyoke College
(EDC is a subcontractor on this project to TERC.)