ERIC Number: ED446930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
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Divisors and Quotients: Acknowledging Polysemy.
This paper focuses on lexical ambiguity. With respect to mathematics classrooms, polysemy has been mentioned as one of the principal concerns, namely certain words having different but related meanings. It may also happen when different meanings of a word are presumed in everyday context and in another environment, in this case in mathematics register. Focus is placed on the two examples of polysemous terms, divisor and quotient. Classroom vignettes are provided to discuss the use of those terms in the mathematics classroom and outline the confusion about the meanings of those terms. (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Version of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (Chicago, IL, January 1999). In: "For the Learning of Mathematics," Volume 18, Number 3, November 1998, p.27-30.