Designing algebraic tasks for 7-year-old students – a pilot project inspired by Davydov’s learning activity concept

Inger Eriksson, Anders Jansson


The issue of this article is to identify and discuss what conditions may be necessary to build into tasks to make it likely for students to be involved in an algebraic Learning Activity inspired by Davydov. Data from a pilot study was used in which a group of students (N=28) in grade 1 (7-year-olds) were invited to participate in discussions and laborations of how to decide whether two or more variables are equal or not, and making unequal “variables” equal by the help of measurement, abstract symbols and relational material. Three tasks were designed and from the analysis we will highlight five requirements for tasks that have the potential to enable students to engage in an algebraic learning activity.

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