Greek or not : the use of symbols and abbreviations in mathematics

Quinnell, Lorna & Carter, Merilyn Gladys (2012) Greek or not : the use of symbols and abbreviations in mathematics. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 68(2), pp. 34-40.

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The use of symbols and abbreviations adds uniqueness and complexity to the mathematical language register. In this article, the reader’s attention is drawn to the multitude of symbols and abbreviations which are used in mathematics. The conventions which underpin the use of the symbols and abbreviations and the linguistic difficulties which learners of mathematics may encounter due to the inclusion of the symbolic language are discussed. 2010 NAPLAN numeracy tests are used to illustrate examples of the complexities of the symbolic language of mathematics.

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ID Code: 54166
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Test items, Symbols (Mathematics), Numeracy, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Algebra, Anxiety, Student Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Mathematics, Australia
ISSN: 0045-0685
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2012 00:34
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 03:55

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