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ERIC Number: EJ1165229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2202-493X
Linguistic Differences and Problem-Solving Routines in Mathematics: A Comparison of US and Korean Students
Kim, Dong Joong; Cho, Jeong-il
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v16 n4 p64-76 2017
The purpose of this study is to investigate routines as guides for mathematical thinking. Four English-speaking and four Korean-speaking students were interviewed in English about the concepts of limit and infinity. Based on the communicational approach to cognition, which views mathematics as a discourse, we identified the primary characteristics of students' routines for infinity and limit. Results show that language differences between English and Korean affect students' problem-solving routines in mathematics. On the basis of these results, we conclude that there is a need to deal with linguistic sensitivity in mathematics learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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