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ERIC Number: EJ1007222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1947-7503
Problem Solving Concretely with the Word "Like"
Yee, Sean
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v5 n3 p25-43 Spr 2013
While the average teenager's conversation may seem inundated with the word "like", in the mathematics classroom, teenagers use it with purpose. Linguists study the word "like" to understand and categorize comparative statements. By overlapping linguistics and mathematics education within the frame of cognitive science, this study found that high school students do not use the word "like" arbitrarily. Its use within conceptual-metaphor analysis (Lakoff, & Johnson, 2003; 1980) suggests a specific purpose within mathematical problem solving. This interdisciplinary study identifies distinctions in high school students' use of the word "like." Specifically, students predominantly used the word "like" in a concrete manner to aid in conceptualization. This article offers practical indicators for teachers to improve students' ability to solve mathematics problems. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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