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Understanding and developing structure - its importance for mathematics learning

Mulligan, Joanne, Vale, Colleen and Stephens, Max 2009, Understanding and developing structure - its importance for mathematics learning, Mathematics education research journal, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1007/BF03217541.

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Title Understanding and developing structure - its importance for mathematics learning
Alternative title Editorial : Understanding and developing structure - its importance for mathematics learning
Author(s) Mulligan, Joanne
Vale, ColleenORCID iD for Vale, Colleen orcid.org/0000-0002-9070-7071
Stephens, Max
Journal name Mathematics education research journal
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 1033-2170
2211-050X
Keyword(s) mathematics education
transition learning
Summary This issue comes at a time when mathematics education research is becoming more intently focused on the development of "structure" as salient to generalised mathematics learning. Not surprisingly the attention on structure creates particular synergies with the increasingly rich field of research on algebraic thinking and arithmetic processes, particularly in the early years. In many ways, this special issue is concerned with describing the process of "structuring" that enables abstraction and generalisation. A recent MERJ special issue, Abstraction in Mathematics Education (Mitchelmore & White, 2007), illustrated theories of abstraction aligning these to notions of underlying structure. The importance of structure in the transition from school to university was also highlighted by Godfrey and Thomas (2008), and Novotna and Hoch (2008) in the previous special issue of MERJ (Thomas, 2008). In this special issue we present six papers that provide evidence of developing structure as critical for all learners of mathematics throughout schooling.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/BF03217541
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C4.1 Letter or note
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044058

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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