ERIC Number: ED560111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
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Reference Count: 13
Need for Equipping Student Teachers with Language of Mathematics
Gafoor, K. Abdul; Sarabi, M. K.
Online Submission, Paper Presented at UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Pedagogy of Teacher Education--Trends and Challenges (Kozhikkode, Aug 18-19 2015)
The significance of curriculum in building up language of mathematics which enables learners to construct and communicate knowledge of mathematics has not received due attention even as the pedagogical challenges faced by the students in learning mathematics have been discussed for years. Learning language of mathematics is not only valuable in itself but also useful in understanding other fields of knowledge especially science. It is contended that the use of devices of language of mathematics is even helpful in learning common languages especially in learning grammar, rhythm and versification too. It is clear that understanding the language of mathematics and its special terms as fluently as possible, among other benefits, releases the cognitive processes within the learner to deal with more useful actions including solving the problem. Hence, it is important that teacher education curricula build into it the components or elements of mathematics such that the structure of language of mathematics is understood by the student teachers. This paper discusses the importance of language of mathematics, its structure and significance in mathematics education. It further suggests ways for imparting understanding of language of mathematics to novices. In view of the relevance of language of mathematics in teaching learning, this paper also considers strategies that can be employed in equipping future teachers with necessary skills and competence to deal with language of mathematics.
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