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Algebra is a content domain in which Finnish pupils have the most problems achieving good results in international comparisons. In a development and research project on early algebra the authors are designing teaching materials and approaches to help primary school pupils construct important meanings and ideas connected to algebraic equation solving while still studying arithmetic. In
order to get a better picture of the state and development of the algebraic conceptions and skills of the Finnish primary school pupils, the authors are developing tests for large numbers of first, third and fifth graders. In this paper, the authors report on the fifth graders’ conceptions and skills related to algebraic equation solving in three pilot tests which were conducted to inform the
construction of the final test. Although a reasonable proportion of the pupils showed signs of different types of algebraic thinking, they only demonstrated an elementary understanding of the concept of variable.
order to get a better picture of the state and development of the algebraic conceptions and skills of the Finnish primary school pupils, the authors are developing tests for large numbers of first, third and fifth graders. In this paper, the authors report on the fifth graders’ conceptions and skills related to algebraic equation solving in three pilot tests which were conducted to inform the
construction of the final test. Although a reasonable proportion of the pupils showed signs of different types of algebraic thinking, they only demonstrated an elementary understanding of the concept of variable.
Original language  English 

Publication status  Published  2017 
Event  The Eighth Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education NORMA 17  Stockholm, Sweden Duration: 30 May 2017 → 2 Jun 2017 
Conference
Conference  The Eighth Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education NORMA 17 

Country/Territory  Sweden 
City  Stockholm 
Period  30.05.2017 → 02.06.2017 
Field of science
 General and teacher education
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The Eighth Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education, NORMA 17
Pieti Tolvanen (Participant)
30 May 2017 → 2 Jun 2017Activity: Participating in or organisation of an event › Participating in a conference, workshop, panel, session or tutorial