Elementary students’ access to powerful mathematical ideas

Authored by: Cynthia W. Langrall , Edward S. Mooney , Steven Nisbet , Graham A. Jones

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education

Print publication date:  June  2008
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805858754
eBook ISBN: 9780203930236
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192761


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The elementary school is the educational environment where all children are expected to begin the process of accessing powerful mathematical ideas. Although the expectation for elementary students to learn powerful mathematical ideas has been universally accepted, there has been on-going debate as to what constitutes powerful mathematical ideas for the elementary school.

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