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Early algebra and mathematics specialists

Murray, Megan


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Mrs Megan Murray
Lecturer in Education and Programme Director, Undergraduate Primary Teaching


This paper discusses early algebra as it relates to the Mathematics Specialist program. Early algebra is described based on research and readings from the body of literature focused on early algebra. Reasons why early algebra should be emphasized in elementary school mathematics are discussed, followed by a description of the role elementary school Mathematics Specialists must play if schools are to begin to focus on early algebraic instruction. Finally, some suggestions are made for ways the Mathematics Specialist program might encourage more explicitly an early algebraic approach to elementary school mathematics.


Murray, M. (2010). Early algebra and mathematics specialists. Journal of mathematics and science: collaborative explorations, 12(1), 73 - 81.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2019
Journal Journal of mathematics and science: collaborative explorations
Electronic ISSN 2642-1925
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Article Number 8
Pages 73 - 81
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