ERIC Number: ED389539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Research Base Supporting Long Term Algebra Reform?
Kaput, James J.
This paper discusses three dimensions of algebra reform: breadth, integration, and pedagogy. Breadth of algebra includes algebra as: generalizing and formalizing patterns and constraints; syntactically-guided manipulation of formalisms; study of structures abstracted from computations and relations; study of functions, relations, and joint variation; and cluster of modeling languages and phenomena-controlling languages. Also discussed are research supporting algebra reform and how research can lead the practice of teaching algebra in new directions. Three phases of reform (short, intermediate, and long term) are discussed using examples of current research projects. Short term reform is seen as first attempts that leave course structures in place, but which contain significant enrichments, such as technology. The second or intermediate phase of reform centers on the integration of algebra into the middle school and offered to all students. The third, long term phase of algebra reform involves full integration of the development of the many forms of algebraic reasoning across all grades with the learning of important mathematics. Contains 108 references. (MKR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995). For entire conference proceedings, see SE 057 177. For reaction papers, see SE 057 183-184.