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Shiki: A Critical Foundation for School Algebra in Japanese Elementary School Mathematics

  • Tad WatanabeEmail author
Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)

Abstract

An analysis of the Japanese elementary school (Grades 1 through 6) mathematics curriculum materials reveals that the study of functional relationships (patterns) is a major emphasis in Japan, as is the case in curricula from other countries. However, the Japanese curriculum considers the ideas related to mathematical expressions, called “shiki” in Japanese, as the second pillar of elementary school algebra. This chapter elaborates how a Japanese textbook series attempts to realize this emphasis on writing and interpreting mathematical expressions.

Keywords

Elementary School Mathematic Educator Mathematical Expression Early Grade Algebraic Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics & StatisticsKennesaw State UniversityKennesawUSA

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