Two of everything: developing functional thinking in the primary grades through children's literature

Muir, Tracey, Bragg, Leicha A. and Livy, Sharyn 2015, Two of everything: developing functional thinking in the primary grades through children's literature, Australian primary mathematics classroom, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 35-40.

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Title Two of everything: developing functional thinking in the primary grades through children's literature
Author(s) Muir, Tracey
Bragg, Leicha A.ORCID iD for Bragg, Leicha A.
Livy, Sharyn
Journal name Australian primary mathematics classroom
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 35
End page 40
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Place of publication Stepney, S.A.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1326-0286
Keyword(s) mathematics education
children's literature
algebraic thinking
primary education
Summary Traditionally algebra has been regarded as the domain of the secondary school years in Australia and many other countries. Non-mathematics teachers, parents and students often narrowly regard algebra as the manipulation of symbols adhering to tightly prescribed rules (Serow, Callingham & Muir, 2013). It is now recognised, however, that foundational ideas associated with algebraic thinking can, and should be, included in mathematics curricula in the pre-school and primary years (Bobis, Mulligan & Lowrie, 2009). This stance is reflected in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (Australian Curriculum Assessment & Reporting Authority, 2012) which extends key algebraic ideas to patterns and generalisations, and acknowledges that number and algebra are developed together as each enriches the study of the other. This article explores the concept of functional thinking and demonstrates how the story, ‘Two of Everything’ (Hong, 1993) is employed as a springboard for developing functional thinking with students from the early years through to upper primary schooling.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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