The ‘Lack of Closure’ Dilemma – grade B
In this assignment, using the Watson, Jones and Pratt (2013) Key ideas in teaching mathematics as the source text, I try to review the difficulties pupils have with the lack of closure in algebraic expressions. This includes the development of activities implemented with a year 7 class in my first school placement.
In this assignment I considered research by Halliday (1978) and Pimm (1987) into the ideas surrounding the use of a mathematical register, and how this can impact the learning of pupils in school. I also consider ideas from Vygotsky (1962) and Skemp (1987), and in particular the social constructivist approach to learning.