dc.contributor.creator Leavy, Aisling dc.contributor.creator Hourigan, Mairead dc.contributor.creator McMahon, Aine dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-02T09:46:44Z dc.date.available 2018-10-02T09:46:44Z dc.date.issued 2011 dc.identifier.citation Hourigan, M.; Leavy, A.; McMahon, Á. Varying Your Approaches to Teaching Variables. InTouch 20(1), pp. 2-3. DOI: 281003600 en_US dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10395/2219 dc.description Varying your approaches to teaching variables en_US dc.description.abstract Our previous article Getting the balance right: The equals sign presented activities which can be used to introduce children to translating and solving word problems using equations where the unknown is represented with a frame. The PSMC recommends en_US such algebra work for third and fourth class pupils. Children in senior classes are expected to translate word problems into equations where the unknown is represented with a variable. Variables are symbols (e.g. letters) that take the place of numbers or ranges of numbers. At primary school level, the main focus/use of variables is to represent an unknown quantity e.g. 5 + r = 30. Variables are also used to express rules e.g. A = L x W (area = length x width) and D = 2 X R (diameter is twice the radius). This article presents approaches which facilitate the meaningful introduction and consolidation of primary school children’s understanding of variable (i.e. a letter/symbol that represents an unknown). Conceptual understanding of the concept of variable is fundamental to further study of algebra and is “necessary for the meaningful use of all advanced mathematics” (Schoenfeld and Arcavi, 1988: 420). dc.language.iso eng en_US dc.publisher INTO [Irish National Teachers Organisation] en_US dc.relation.ispartofseries 20;1 dc.rights.uri https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aisling_Leavy/publication/281003600_Varying_Your_Approaches_to_Teaching_Variables/links/55d07ba508aee19936fd9f1f/Varying-Your-Approaches-to-Teaching-Variables.pdf en_US dc.subject Variables en_US dc.subject Approaches en_US dc.subject Teaching en_US dc.subject Problem solving en_US dc.title Varying your approaches to teaching variables en_US dc.type Article en_US dc.type.supercollection all_mic_research en_US dc.type.supercollection mic_published_reviewed en_US dc.description.version Yes en_US dc.identifier.doi 281003600
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