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Beyond Topics: Some Organizing Principles for a Coherent Approach to Algebra, 2010

Al Cuoco
January 29, 2010
UIC Symposium
Chicago, IL

Internet navigation, spreadsheet use, financial decision making, and cell phone programming all require the abilities to reason about calculations, develop algorithms, use symbols, and describe relationships. These core algebraic skills are often missed by specifying course content through lists of topics. This talk will look at alternatives and discuss how organizing algebra around these mathematical habits of mind can bring coherence to the subject and help students surmount some notorious difficulties.