1. Maria Blanton
  3. TERC
  1. Eric Knuth
  2. Professor
  4. University of Wisconsin

The Impact of Early Algebra on Students' Algebra-Readiness

NSF Awards: 1219605, 1219606, 0918239, 1207945

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

This video will showcase Project LEAP, a series of inter-related projects that address the overarching question of whether early algebra matters. Specifically, we address the question: Are elementary school students who experience early algebra instruction as a part of their regular curriculum better prepared for algebra in secondary school than students who only experience a business-as-usual arithmetic curriculum? The presentation will give an overview of the three LEAP projects, which collectively, provide evidence that children in elementary grades can engage in powerful ways of generalizing, representing, justifying, and reasoning with mathematical structure and relationships.

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