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ERIC Number: ED122306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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Mathematics Textbooks and the Teaching of Assigned Writing.
Donlan, Dan
This paper initially presents the results of several studies concerning what kind of writing mathematics teachers assign and what kind of writing mathematics textbooks assign. By far, report-research was the most popular type of writing assigned in the surveyed textbooks. The types of reports students were asked to write include biography, history, exposition, analysis, and cause and effect. Several exemplary paragraphs are given and analyzed to demonstrate the different organization and structure required by the different writing modes. Several teaching strategies are delineated for encouraging students to create quality writing: make the students aware of the type of reading, thinking, and writing the topic demands; give the students diagramed model paragraphs to show how ideas relate; and encourage students to compose and not copy by basing the assignment on more than one source, controlling the source, and conducting paraphrasing exercises in class. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: study prepared at the University of California, Riverside