ERIC Number: ED219723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Proposed Taxonomy of Mathematical Vocabulary.
Kossack, Sharon Wall; Vigilante, Nicholas
Most teachers of mathematics would agree that a student's major difficulty when studying mathematics is the mastery of "vocabulary." A taxonomy could provide an outline of the various types of vocabulary and could suggest their relative interrelationships. One proposed taxonomy has five levels that seem to recur. The levels seem to have interactive properties, since a single term can be included in a number of categories, depending on the context. The various levels include (1) standard--common words normally encountered in oral and written language; (2) transitional--words which have both a mathematical referent as well as a common referent whose meanings are not the same; (3) technical--words specific to mathematics; (4) changeable--technical terms whose meanings change within the area of mathematics; and (5) phrases--multiple word terms with specialized meanings as a unit, with the meaning of the unit being more than a compilation of the meanings of the parts. This interrelated taxonomy of mathematical vocabulary could have implications for instruction, diagnosis, readability, problem solving, materials selection, the organization and development of instructional materials, curriculum development, and communication. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (2nd, Sarasota, FL, December 10-12, 1981).