ERIC Number: ED376725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Hayden, Dunstan; Cuevas, Gilberto
The pre-algebra lexicon is a set of classroom exercises designed to teach the technical words and phrases of pre-algebra mathematics, and includes the terms most commonly found in related mathematics courses. The lexicon has three parts, each with its own introduction. The first introduces vocabulary items in three groups forming a learning hierarchy: numbers; operations; and applications. These groups are subdivided into 14 categories for more precise treatment. The second part contains annotations for terms from part one that are found especially interesting or problematic. In some cases, it is urged that a term be eliminated from pre-algebra. In addition, tips on improving classroom instruction are offered. The third part suggests diagnostic assessment techniques to test student mastery of the language of mathematics. In this section, guidance is offered in creation of such diagnostic measures, not yet available commercially. Many sample test items are included. Technical words and phrases are also indexed. (MSE)
Descriptors: Algebra, Comparative Analysis, Diagnostic Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Vocabulary, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests, Measurement, Numbers, Test Construction, Test Items, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.