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5.0 out of 5 stars
A challenging and rewarding proposal for math teachers, 30 Jun. 2013
This is a powerfull book for on duty teachers but not so much for prospective ones. The authors build upon the theory of example construction which is quite rewarding for young students. I would definitely recomend it if you are a math teacher. It has a fair price, the theory is relatively accessible and the intervention of real classbut not demandingexamples makes it interesting. the authors claim that its a widespread "theory" from lower level to higher levels of math education, a point well made but a bit optimistic and slightly ambiguous. At the moment, I d limit my reccomendation to up to gcse level math teachers. The point here is that as you move on to a higher level of education the difficulties a teacher has to tackle increase and the time for such experiments limits. The core idea of this book is to grasp what example construction and the notion of example space means and move on and try it out to your own class.For this i give five stars cause i believe that its one of the most important feautures for a teachers' book. As far as it concerns researchers, do i need to mention that you have to buy it? there is a lot of work done at the moment by Mason; Watson; Sinclair etc so i think its a good idea to accompany it with up to date papers. ps. why do people buy hardbacks?i have a paperback, full of personal comments and "post it" that if i a ever want to sell to amazon, it would give a hole new meaning to the classification "accessible" and i still consider it's in a very good condition. Buy a paperback and full it up with your own ideas and comments.In fact, in my opinion this is the hole point of this book!









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
a book any researcher should buy, 26 April 2013
if you need to learn about protocol analysis for your researchdissertationthesis this is the book to start with. protocol analysis appeals to a wide range of researchers so regardless your sector it's nice to know a little bit about it. the book is accessible (i won't say easily cause that's kind of subjective and depends on your background)and it has a fair price. if you go for the paperback be prepared, it a big book so just treat it with care (as any other paperback!) and it will survive! i recommend that you risk it and go for a used one which at the moment has almost half the price of the new. usually these books are bought by students or researchers that need them all the way through their work (so they cant borrow them from a library for an extended period) and then they tend to sell them to buy another book. so a used one should be in a good condition. as far as it concerns protocol analysis, a lot have been added since the book was published, so if you are not certain that protocol analysis is the right choice for you, try and find updated research on this method.lately i ve read an article of tim jay from bristol university which i found interesting, offcourse there is out there a lot of work to check out. i think but i not quite sure on this that you can also find on the net old articles of either simon or ericsson. you could start by checking these works, see whats all about and then go for the book. either way...if you are interested in protocol analysis you ll have eventually to go for the book...









3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic, 21 Mar. 2013
This is one of the best teachers' textbook. it contains a great number of problems, some of which i ve used in students' math contests lessons and problem solving sessions. what i think is a disadvantage for this book is the lack of a detailed solutions manual which makes it a bit difficult for students' self study. i do know that mason and his collegues are sceptical on this, but i think that they should revisit this one. Nevertheless i ll give five stars cause its one of my favourites. i promise i ll be more strict in the future!! ps. if you are a researcher, interested in the theory upon which this book was created, you should search for mason's preliminary work on the 80's, there are a few interesting problems there examined in detail.









2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not good enough for a Mason's book, 27 Feb. 2013
Firstly i should point out that i agree with the two afore mentioned reviews. My 3star critique doesn't mean its a bad book. its a good guide book for teachers,easily read and accesible (not to mention it has a fair price). Nevertheless, Mason has coauthored "thinking mathematically" and "mathematics as a constructive activity" so if these are five star books, this is 3star book.









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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another good Langs' book, 27 Feb. 2013
It is a classic one but a bit expensive (meaning there are cheaper choices). There are a lot of books such as this one, but what makes this one interesting is that you can buy a complete solutions textbook as well(which unfortunately is equally expensive, so if you are an undergraduate student you might have second thoughts). overall, this makes it a promising study companion. what you should do (if you don't need it immediately) is add it to your wish list an wait for a drop price which worked fine for me (one fifth of the current price). its a very popular book (as most of langs' books) so you might get lucky as well.









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A collection of classic articles, 27 Feb. 2013
This is an old MAA textbook (probably out of print), so its a collectible item. It is a bit outdated since it was published back in the 90's so it should be appreciated more for the theoretical background that the authors provide rathen than its actual influence in nowdays up to date research. if you are interested in visualization and mathematics teaching and especially if you are a researcher, you should consider acquiring it. To sum up, this textbook contains highly cited articles (eg. Ted Eisenberg&Tommy Dreyfus "On the reluctance to visualize in mathematics"). At the moment it has a fair price for a collectible item, although i purchaded it for less than half its nowdays price. So, there yoy go!A payback investment!!









5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
it's okay, 17 Feb. 2013
Although it strives to help the student study on his own, it is not a proper revision book. It lacks of exercises and an overall quality that is needed in a revision book. It's a textbook that will guide you through the ks3 stage and will provide parents with the appropriate guidance to support their childrens' learning. Nevertheless, you won't get anything more. If you wanna go a little bit further this book won't get you there. So it's rather a question of what you need









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
for researchers only, 14 Sept. 2012
a collection of works edited by pimm, bit outdated but contains a few classic ones. cause its outdated you ll find it used and cheap. taking in consideration that it costed meshiping added less than a coffee...you buy it and you got the chance to read a couple of classic ones,eg mason,jaworski,balacheff etc.









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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faithfull to the title, 31 Oct. 2011
its a book about exactly what the title says. Buy it, if you are a teacher interested in connecting mathematics across the curriculum and cause the price for the hardback (only)version is reasonable. Dont buy it because its old, and there might be updated versions of the same topic. Nevertheless, if you buy it, you ll have the chance to read interesting opinions and suggestions about the topic.









2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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a must have problem solving book, 4 May 2011
very good book,i strongly recommend it for those that are interested in problem solving, especially for undergraguate students, a must have...

