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ERIC Number: ED489743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Mathematical Language and Advanced Mathematics Learning
Ferrari, Pier Luigi
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 28th, Bergen, Norway, July 14-18, 2004
This paper is concerned with the role of language in mathematics learning at college level. Its main aim is to provide a perspective on mathematical language appropriate to effectively interpret students' linguistic behaviors in mathematics and to suggest new teaching ideas. Examples are given to show that the explanation of students' behaviors requires to take into account the role of context. Some ideas from functional linguistics are outlined and some features of the texts usually produced by students are discussed and compared to the corresponding features of standard mathematical texts. Some teaching implications are discussed as well. [For complete proceedings, see ED489632.]
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 35 Aandwind Street, Kirstenhof, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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