Secondary Algebra Education

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2010-10-12
234 pages

Book Description

Nowadays, algebra is subject to worldwide scrutiny. Different opinions on its goals, approaches and achievements are at the heart of debates among teachers, educators, researchers and decision makers. What should the teaching of algebra in secondary school look like? Should it focus on procedural skills or on insight? Should it stress practice or integrate technology? Do we require formal proofs and notations, or do informal representations suffice? Is algebra in school an abstract subject, or does it take its relevance from application in (daily life) contexts? What should secondary school algebra education that prepares for higher education and professional practice in the twenty-first century look like? This book addresses these questions, and aims to inform in- and future teachers, mathematics educators and researchers on recent insights in the domain, and on specific topics and themes such as the historical development of algebra, the role of productive practice, and algebra in science and in particular. The authors, all affiliated with the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in the Netherlands, share a common philosophy, which acts as a  sometimes nearly invisible  backbone for the overall view on algebra education: the of realistic mathematics education. From this point of departure, different perspectives are chosen to describe the opportunities and pitfalls of today's and tomorrow's algebra education. Inspiring examples and reflections illustrate current practice and explore the unknown future of algebra education to appropriately meet students' needs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. ALGEBRA EDUCATION: EXPLORING
Chapter 2. ALGEBRA FROM AHMES TO APPLET
Chapter 3. FROM ARITHMETIC TO ALGEBRA
Chapter 4. PATTERNS AND FORMULAS
Chapter 5. RESTRICTIONS IN ALGEBRA
Chapter 6. ALGEBRA IN FUNCTION
Chapter 7. PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE
Chapter 8. ALGEBRA AND TECHNOLOGY
Chapter 9. ALGEBRA IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Book Details

  • Title: Secondary Algebra Education
  • Length: 234 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
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  • Publication Date: 2010-10-12
  • ISBN-10: 9460913334
  • ISBN-13: 9789460913334
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