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Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Posted:
Feb 16, 1995 2:11 PM


>Does anyone know of any research dealing with the sequence of Algebra I, >Geometry, Algebra II? I received a letter from a teacher in our state >wondering if there was any research to support 9th students lack of >matuirty to be successful in geometry. It appears form the letter that >there school has 8th grade algebra, followed by geometry for 9th grade. >Her question was would it be better to have the students take Algebra II >in 9th grade and save geometry for 10th grade? > > >later..... > >Linda Coutts email address: lcoutts@bigcat.missouri.edu >Coordinator Elementary Mathematics >Columbia Public Schools Voice: (314) 8862233 >1206 E. Walnut St FAX: (314) 8862078 >Columbia, MO 65201
This message resonates with a discussion on the geometry forum about readiness. To summarize quickly for nctml folks, Lou Talman suggested that some sort of neurological readiness might be necessary for certain things in math, there was a lot of discussion/disagreement/agreement, and the latest was a message from John Conway whose first paragraph is:
" I'm a bit worried about this "not neurologically ready" business. The time when someone is neurologically ready to learn something is just whatever time works! If a teacher refrains from exploring some ideas because the teacher has read that students of suchandsuch an age aren't neurologically ready for them, there's a very real risk of loss."
So Linda raises a question of interest to both lists. I've asked Annie Fetter, the person who runs the geometry forum lists and, now, nctml, to tell us how to access the geometry discussion digest.
I have another question  what is this geometry that kids may/may not be ready for? And what is this algebra ditto?
Welcome back everyone!
==================================== Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049 roitman@math.ukans.edu =====================================



