© 2002

Perspectives on School Algebra

  • R. Sutherland
  • T. Rojano
  • A. Bell
  • R. Lins

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Romulo Lins, Teresa Rojano, Alan Bell, Rosamund Sutherland
    Pages 1-11
  3. Luis G. Radford
    Pages 13-36
  4. Ferdinando Arzarello, Luciana Bazzini, Giampaolo Chiappini
    Pages 61-81
  5. David Kirshner
    Pages 83-98
  6. Kaye Stacey, Mollie Macgregor
    Pages 141-153
  7. Eugenio Filloy, Teresa Rojano, Guillermo Rubio
    Pages 155-176
  8. Giuliana Dettori, Rossella Garuti, Enrica Lemut
    Pages 191-207
  9. Lulu Healy, Stefano Pozzi, Rosamund Sutherland
    Pages 231-247
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 261-278

About this book


This book confronts the issue of how young people can find a way into the world of algebra. The contributions represent multiple perspectives which include an analysis of situations in which algebra is an efficient problem-solving tool, the use of computer-based technologies, and a consideration of the historical evolution of algebra. The book emphasises the situated nature of algebraic activity as opposed to being concerned with identifying students' conceptions in isolation from problem-solving activity. The chapters emerged from a working group of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. The authors are drawn from an international community and the work highlights the differences in school algebra around the world. The group invited Nicolas Balacheff to write a provocative postscript and he suggests that `there is no possible entrance to the world of algebra without a strong push or guidance from the teacher, because there is no natural passage from the problématique accessible from the child's world to the mathematical problématique'.


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Editors and affiliations

  • R. Sutherland
    • 1
  • T. Rojano
    • 2
  • A. Bell
    • 3
  • R. Lins
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of BristolUK
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados-IPNMexiaco CityMexico
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of NottinghamUK
  4. 4.Mathematics DepartmentUNESPRio ClaroBrazil

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