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Exploring Young Students' Functional Thinking, Elizabeth Warren, Jodie Miller, Thomas J. Cooper Jan 2013

Exploring Young Students' Functional Thinking, Elizabeth Warren, Jodie Miller, Thomas J. Cooper

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The Early Years Generalizing Project (EYGP) involves Australian years 1 to 4 (age 5 to 9) students and investigates how they grasp and express generalizations. This paper focuses on data collected from 6 Year 1 students in an exploratory study within a clinical interview setting that required students to identify function rules. Preliminary findings suggest that the use of gestures (both by students and interviewers), self-talk (by students), and concrete acting out, assisted students to reach generalizations and to begin to express these generalities. It also appears that as students became aware of the structure, their use of gestures and ...