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ERIC Number: EJ998858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1954
Learning to Solve Addition and Subtraction Word Problems in English as an Imported Language
Verzosa, Debbie Bautista; Mulligan, Joanne
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v82 n2 p223-244 Feb 2013
This paper reports an intervention phase of a design study aimed to assist second-grade Filipino children in solving addition word problems in English, a language they primarily encounter only in school. With Filipino as the medium of instruction, an out-of-school pedagogical intervention providing linguistic and representational scaffolds was implemented with 17 children. Pre-intervention, children experienced linguistic difficulties and were limited to conceptualising and solving simple additive structures. Post-intervention interviews revealed improved performance and understanding of more complex structures, but only when linguistic difficulties were minimised. The study identified socially and culturally driven barriers to learning: superficial strategies, children's engagement, and learning in an urban poor context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines