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Teaching the distributive law: Is fruit salad still on the menu?


Chick, HL, Teaching the distributive law: Is fruit salad still on the menu?, Crossing Divides, 5-9 July 2009, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 121-128. ISBN 978-1-920846-20-6 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]


Introducing algebra in high school is a teaching challenge, where appropriate explanations and representations are essential. This study examines teachers� reactions to a page of explanation about the distributive law from a textbook, and investigates their pedagogical content knowledge about the teaching of algebra. Teachers were aware that students have difficulties with algebra, but the study shows that some of their strategies for teaching it are mathematically unsound. In particular, �fruit salad� approaches are still prevalent.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Chick, HL (Associate Professor Helen Chick)
ID Code:79250
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-08-29
Last Modified:2012-08-29

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