Discussion:  All Topics in Algebra 
Topic:  Algebra Textbook Recommendation 
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Subject:  RE: Algebra Textbook Recommendation 
Author:  db 
Date:  Jun 15 2007 
Littell text. As a professional, I would not choose Saxon. However, for
doityourselfers, with limited access to help, I would choose Saxon. Yes,
it is just procedure. My experience is that NO ONE reads the text and both Key
Curriculum Press (Discovering Algebra) and McDougal would require a mature
student willing the read the 2, 3 or more pages of each lesson. Saxon has one
page with examples and lots of practice. Learning algebra on your own is tough.
I am not a betting woman, but I would bet that less than 10% of students
learning algebra on their own with occassional guidance (as I understand the
situation) would read either Discovering Algebra or McDougal.
Please let me iterate, Discovering Algebra or McDougal would be my books of
choice if I were teaching a class. Saxon would be my first choice, bar none, if
advising students learning on their own.
Respectfully, db
On Jun 15 2007, gerirose wrote:
> On Jun 14 2007, Kenny C wrote:
> I work in a high school
> continuation program, where students need to
> be able to learn as
> much as they can from their textbooks. They can
> come in and get
> help, but it is not a teacher directed classroom
> situation.
> Please give me recommendations of what Algebra texts you
> feel
> would be most helpful for students in this situation. Thanks!
If
> you want your students, even on their own, to learn more than
> procedure but also ways of thinking about algebra and mathematics, I
> recommend Discovering Algebra. Although it may seem to be a non
> traditional and need a little more help from you, your students will
> end up with a solid foundation with which to continue their studies,
> geri an
 
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