ZADIE Functional Thinking through Patterning: Assessment of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Functional Thinking
The ZADIE project explored student-teachers’ teaching of algebra in upper primary school in Germany, South Africa and Ireland. The following resources are outputs from the research project, and include:
- A teacher manual that describes a unit of work comprising four lessons exploring pattern, structure and algebraic thinking. The lessons focus on functional thinking as one of the main strands of algebraic thinking (Kaput, 2008). Lesson worksheets are included as an appendix, and the starting point of each lesson is a geometrical pattern (of squares or match-sticks) to be explored by the children. The four lessons address the ‘big ideas’ of functional thinking through patterning activities.
- An assessment of Mathematical Knowledge for the Teaching of Functional Thinking.
- A preparation programme to develop teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching functional thinking, and to introduce the teacher manual and ZADIE lessons.