Algebra in the Early Grades

reviewed by David Slavit - November 20, 2008

coverTitle: Algebra in the Early Grades
Author(s): James J. Kaput, David W. Carraher, and Maria L. Blanton (Eds.)
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 080585472X, Pages: 552, Year: 2007
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This book review is biased. Jim Kaput’s place in mathematics education is reverent. And like many others, I have a special place in my heart for his work, but more for who he was and for what he worked. It would be hard for me to write a poor review of this book. Having said that, I can as objectively as possible say that Algebra in the Early Grades is an important collection of work that addresses a multitude of key issues on the topic. The book is divided into three parts: a) the nature of early algebra (5 chapters) explores the conceptual, representational, and cognitive aspects of the topic from a more theoretical lens; b) students’ capacity for algebraic thinking (7 chapters), described by the editors as the “heart of the book,” examines specific instances of children’s reasoning amidst a variety of early algebra topics; and c) issues of implementation... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 20, 2008 ID Number: 15443, Date Accessed: 4/3/2020 8:41:37 PM

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