ERIC Number: ED026242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Indicating Essentials of Secondary School Algebra: A Comparative Analysis of British, United States, and Entebbe Programs.
Palmer, Henry Benjamin Abiodun
The purpose of this study was to investigate the areas of agreement or disagreement in teaching secondary school algebra in England and the United States. Textbooks were read and analyzed for the purpose of obtaining data related to the concepts included, and also for noting major developmental steps which occurred in each textbook series. Among the conclusions reported were (1) that areas of agreement in secondary school mathematics should occupy an increasingly important place in curricula construction and evaluation, (2) that the English and United States test items probe more often for students' understanding than do the Entebbe test items, and (3) that some items, such as complex fractions, are advisedly left out of the curricula. Recommendations and implications include the following: (1) American teachers prefer to emphasize the logical aspect and make abstract definitions at an earlier stage, while the reverse trend seems to be in evidence in England. (2) For a student who is considering a college preparatory algebra program, a list can be presented to illustrate the kind of knowledge, understanding, and skill he must have to succeed. (RP)
Descriptors: Algebra, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Evaluation, Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics
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Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Identifiers - Location: Africa; United Kingdom (England); United States