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ERIC Number: EJ951518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Tackling the Transition--The English Mathematics Register and Students Learning through the Medium of Irish
Riordain, Maire Ni; O'Donoghue, John
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v23 n1 p43-65 Mar 2011
The explosion of Gaeilge (Irish)-medium primary and secondary schools has played a crucial role in the rebirth of our native language in Ireland. The popularity of attending Gaeilge-medium education is significant, and continues to increase annually ("Gaeilscoileanna Teo" 2008). However, the majority of Gaeilgeoiri (students who learn through the medium of Gaeilge) face an imminent transition to English-medium mathematics education, be it at second or third level education. This paper presents a theoretical model for investigating the transfer between different languages for learning mathematics and for interpreting the findings emerging from the Irish context. Key findings include that Gaeilgeoiri at secondary level experience a disadvantage when assessed through the medium of English; at both transitions Gaeilgeoiri experience difficulties with the syntax, semantics, and mathematics vocabulary of the English mathematics register; and at third level Gaeilgeoiri are unaware of the language difficulties that they are experiencing. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland