ERIC Number: ED441664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Transforming Algebra from an Engine of Inequity to an Engine of Mathematical Power by "Algebrafying" the K-12 Curriculum.
Kaput, James J.
This paper asserts that the key to algebra reform is to integrate algebraic reasoning across all grades and all topics, to "algebrafy" school mathematics. The distinction is made between algebra "the institution" and algebra "the web of knowledge and skill," which is also clarified. Finally, suggestions are made as to how the educational community might work towards a genuine algebra for all. The appendix provides concrete, classroom-based illustrations of the different aspects of algebra at the elementary grade level. (Contains 11 references.) (CCM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science, Dartmouth, MA.