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‘Mason, Graham, and Johnston-Wilder have admirably succeeded in casting most of school algebra in terms of generalization activity ? not just the typical numerical and geometric pattern-based work, but also solving quadratics and simultaneous equations, graphing equations, and factoring. The authors raise our awareness of the scope of generalisation and of the power of using this as a lens not just for algebra but for all of mathematics!’ - Professor Carolyn Kieran, Département de Mathématiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
The first chapter 'First encounters with expressing generality' gave helpful examples and clear explanations which show the link between generalisation and algebra. Hopefully this will demystify algebra for our students. The mathematical tasks also help students engage in the topic, making the content more accessible and also providing potential lesson activities.
The book is practical in its delivery of how to change your own view and thinking about the teaching of algebra as a classroom practitioner through hands-on activities and teaching methods. This research-based text is a recommended read for student teachers, those with an interest in algebra and for the primary mathematics specialist.
This book will be an invaluable resource for students when they are getting to know the diverse range and experiences of learners and issues surrounding the teaching of algebra. Many student teachers automatically assume that the teaching of algebra is very easy as they have often understood and enjoyed from an early stage but the reality is often much more complicated when they undertake classroom practice.
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I would recommend the book for readers who want to develop their knowledge in algebra. This book allows me to explore different ways to solve problem and how to explain it.
I very much liked the structure of the book and the fact that it had many examples and points of reflection. That said I would have liked to see a chapter about 'rich' mathematical algebraic tasks and a chapter where some students' solutions were shown in detail and aspects of developing students' thinking in algebra discussed in some detail. Overall definitely a recommended text for my students.