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ERIC Number: ED434306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-30
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
The Mathematics Curriculum and Reading.
Ediger, Marlow
This paper presents numerous approaches that teachers may use to help pupils deal with difficulties in reading comprehension in mathematics. It discusses the importance of understanding the meaning of the words and symbols used. It argues that: (1) pupils need adequate background information prior to reading story or word problems; (2) a hands-on approach in reading word problems should be used; (3) teachers can use a variety of techniques to teach the abstract words in story problems; (4) pupils may need to be shown the purpose involved in reading story or word problems; (5) pupils need opportunities to read mathematics in many lifelike situations; (6) an environment which encourages learning about mathematics is important; (7) ideas within each lesson in mathematics should be discussed thoroughly; (8) pupils need to relate what they learn in school and in society; (9) readiness activities need to be related to the ongoing processes of reading orally or silently; and (10) pupils need to think creatively and critically in mathematics. The paper concludes that mathematics teachers need to study how well each pupil is doing in reading content in mathematics so they may be in a better position to meet needs of learners in the classroom setting. (SC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A