I think there is a real place for the "putting >together" of Algebra and Geometry but it is after the two different >desciplines have been learned. >Jim
Good point Jim but I think of it another way. Geometry should be focused on becuase otherwise important learning just doesn't occur. Students need a full year to really get into the geometry and get there van Hiele levels up to a solid 2. It is hard enough to do in a traditional coarse but in an integrated coarse it would be almost impossible to link ideas unless it was over several years(3 or 4) of learning. I responded because your last statement jolted me a little. I don't think students "learn" these subjects in a year(even two). It takes much more time for reflection and reviewing before students really "learn" these disciplines.
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