ERIC Number: ED137726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Reading the Special Language of Mathematics.
Hollander, Sheila K.
Reading the language of mathematics textbooks is very different from reading the narrative in traditional basal textbooks, and children should be taught how to read in a mathematics course; teachers should not assume a transfer of skills will occur. Specific skills, such as noting details, following directions, and seeing relationships, should be taught. Students should be shown how to modify their flexible narrative reading styles to one of great deliberation, in order to understand mathematics reading material. The specialized vocabulary of mathematics and the special mathematical symbols must also be specifically taught, beginning with concrete examples when possible. Suggestions for instruction include getting the students to discuss the expository material or the verbal problem, in order to understand their thinking processes; being careful, as an instructor, not to talk too much; being sure that students understand the technical vocabulary; and preparing short-answer, multiple-choice tests to use as pretests before instruction in a particular concept. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)