n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Approaches to generalising quadratic sequences

Volume 2008, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


The study of pattern has become an integral component across all Grades of the South African school Mathematics curriculum (Department of Education, 2002; Department of Education, 2003b). In the Intermediate Phase (Grades 4-6) the importance of number pattern activities is in "laying the foundation for the study of formal algebra in the Senior Phase while at the same time developing important mathematical thinking skills" (Department of Education, 2003a:37).

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