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Research in Mathematics Education

Connecting Abstract Algebra to Secondary Mathematics, for Secondary Mathematics Teachers

Editors: Wasserman, Nicholas (Ed.)

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  • • Elaborates on connections to secondary mathematics that are specific to abstract algebra• Considers ways in which abstract algebra is insightful and productive for secondary teachers and secondary teaching• Contains specific tasks, examples, and case studies that can be used and adapted in secondary mathematics teacher education – including abstract algebra courses

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About this book

Secondary mathematics teachers are frequently required to take a large number of mathematics courses – including advanced mathematics courses such as abstract algebra – as part of their initial teacher preparation program and/or their continuing professional development. The content areas of advanced and secondary mathematics are closely connected. Yet, despite this connection many secondary teachers insist that such advanced mathematics is unrelated to their future professional work in the classroom. 

This edited volume elaborates on some of the connections between abstract algebra and secondary mathematics, including why and in what ways they may be important for secondary teachers. Notably, the volume disseminates research findings about how secondary teachers engage with, and make sense of, abstract algebra ideas, both in general and in relation to their own teaching, as well as offers itself as a place to share practical ideas and resources for secondary mathematics teacher preparation and professional development. 

Contributors to the book are scholars who have both experience in the mathematical preparation of secondary teachers, especially in relation to abstract algebra, as well as those who have engaged in related educational research. The volume addresses some of the persistent issues in secondary mathematics teacher education in connection to advanced mathematics courses, as well as situates and conceptualizes different ways in which abstract algebra might be influential for teachers of algebra. Connecting Abstract Algebra to Secondary Mathematics, for Secondary Mathematics Teachers is a productive resource for mathematics teacher educators who teach capstone courses or content-focused methods courses, as well as for abstract algebra instructors interested in making connections to secondary mathematics. 

About the authors

Nicholas H. Wasserman is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, he taught mathematics for six years at the secondary level, in both a large public school in Austin and a private school in Manhattan. His scholarly interests focus on mathematics teachers' knowledge and development, particularly on how advanced content knowledge is relevant for teachers and influences secondary classroom teaching and practice. Dr. Wasserman's research has led him to examine how knowledge of Abstract Algebra becomes influential for the teaching of numerical and algebraic concepts in school mathematics. He is also collaborating with faculty from Rutgers University and Temple University to develop an instructional model for designing tasks in a real analysis course with secondary teachers in mind. His related interests include: combinatorics education, both at the secondary and undergraduate levels; as well as how the use of dynamic technologies can influence mathematics teaching and learning.


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Exploring Advanced Mathematics Courses and Content for Secondary Mathematics Teachers

    Wasserman, Nicholas H.

    Pages 1-15

  • Connecting the Group Theory Concept Assessment to Core Concepts at the Secondary Level

    Melhuish, Kathleen (et al.)

    Pages 19-45

  • Monster-Barring as a Catalyst for Bridging Secondary Algebra to Abstract Algebra

    Cook, John Paul

    Pages 47-70

  • What Kind of Opportunities Do Abstract Algebra Courses Provide for Strengthening Future Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching?

    Larsen, Sean (et al.)

    Pages 71-84

  • Excavating School Mathematics

    McCallum, William

    Pages 87-101

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-99214-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-99213-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Connecting Abstract Algebra to Secondary Mathematics, for Secondary Mathematics Teachers
Editors
  • Nicholas Wasserman
Series Title
Research in Mathematics Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99214-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99214-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99213-6
Series ISSN
2570-4729
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 461
Number of Illustrations
37 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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