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ERIC Number: ED197287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
The Comprehension of Mathematical Language, a Communication Approach.
Sullivan, Kathryn
One framework for reading instruction that focuses on the message suggests that all words can be classified as matter or relation references. This framework is applicable to the words and symbols used in mathematical symbolic sentences when they are defined as two or more names for numbers of sets joined together by a relation symbol. The use of this matter-relation class framework to teach students to determine the message intended by math symbolic sentences can make math a meaningful communication rather than a series of symbols committed to memory. However, while using the concepts of matter and relation words and helping children perceive the mathematics symbolic sentences as a form of communication in which the sender is locating matter references using relation references, care must be taken to insure that the approach does not become a matter of memorization. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Conference (1st, Sarasota, FL, December 4-6, 1980).