Using spreadsheets to make algebra more accessible - part 1: equations and functions

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Green, John. 2008. "Using spreadsheets to make algebra more accessible - part 1: equations and functions." Australian Mathematics Teacher. 64 (4), pp. 7-11.
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Using spreadsheets to make algebra more accessible - part 1: equations and functions

ERA Journal ID35677
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AuthorGreen, John
Journal TitleAustralian Mathematics Teacher
Journal Citation64 (4), pp. 7-11
Number of Pages5
Year2008
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
ISSN0045-0685
Abstract

'[T]he true ability to think, perceive, and analyse mathematically.' What does this mean? Some might argue that it is the ability to solve problems. Others might say that it has more to do with advanced applications of
procedures in particular contexts. I would like to put a slightly different spin on this by viewing it, at least partly, in terms of one's ability to use understanding in one concept to bridge understanding into another. The
making of such connections will help to make the teaching and learning of mathematics more interesting and more attainable especially for those who might struggle with the discipline.
This article is the first in a series of two papers that attempt to address such an idea. The articles endeavour to give teachers some practical, spreadsheet-based ideas for helping students make appropriate connections between particular algebraic concepts, in order to understand,
through a contemporary context, some of the processes by which mathematics develops.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020469999. Other information and computing sciences not elsewhere classified
390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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