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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Articles

Promoting structural thinking in the early mathematics curriculum

Joanne Mulligan
A number of major studies have suggested that, given appropriate opportunities, young children can develop algebraic thinking from the early years of schooling. The recognition of pattern and structure underlying algebraic thinking has also been shown to be important in studies of young children's mathematical reasoning and problem-solving abilities. This surge of new research has raised awareness among educators that young students can develop complex mathematical ideas much earlier than previously expected.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Primary education
Algebra
Mathematics teaching