Education and Didactics


School Algebra as a Surrounding Container for School Arithmetic

Authors: Jan A. Bergstra

Algebra and arithmetic are contrasted from a perspective of school mathematics. The surrounding container view regarding algebra and arithmetic is formulated and defended. It is argued that an encounter with algebra may precede the introduction to arithmetic in school. In particular static process algebra is suggested as a theme which may play a useful role early on in the educational process heading towards the development of skills and competences in arithmetic.

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