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ERIC Number: ED262635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-23
Pages: 7
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Language Problems Across the School Mathematics Curriculum in Thailand.
Ratanakul, Suchart
Problems in mathematics instruction in Thailand that are related to language include the simultaneous use of both traditional Thai numerals and Hindu-Arabic numerals, misunderstanding of mathematics problems for cultural reasons, and/or difficulty in understanding problem context. Research has shown that elementary and secondary school children have little difficulty with arithmetic concepts when problems are presented in number form but they do poorly on word problems, indicating that abilities in concept formation in science and mathematics are related to language skills. In some cases, difficulties arise when familiar words are given a different meaning in a mathematical context or when problems are indistinctly worded. The introduction of logic into mathematics instruction has given specific meanings to many simple terms and has provided terms for specific mathematical concepts. However, instruction in logical thinking and accurate communication is the responsibility of all disciplines, with the help of language instructors. Mathematics and language cannot be taught in isolation. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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