
06494835
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2015f.00752
Tennant, Geoff
Colloff, Kate
Fruit salad algebra: alive and kicking!
Math. Teach. (Derby) 239, 4043 (2014).
2014
Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), Derby
EN
H23
C33
D73
elementary algebra
approach
textbook analyses
variables
concepts
manipulation of expressions
misconceptions
research
interviews
lower secondary
Summary: Teaching algebra is challenging for both teachers and learners. While understanding is pursued, how often does expediency become `the name of the game'? The fruit salad approach has long been discredited, yet it is still a reality in many classrooms. Is this approach driven by the textbook? \dots\ or is the textbook, in this case, simply a public exemplification of a type of thinking that prevails within the teaching of mathematics?