Language and literacy in mathematics: stepping stones or stumbling blocks in accelerating junior-secondary students

Grant, Edlyn, Nutchey, David, Cooper, Tom, & English, Lyn (2014) Language and literacy in mathematics: stepping stones or stumbling blocks in accelerating junior-secondary students. In Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Education Conference, 12-15 July 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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The authors have collaborated in the development and initial evaluation of a curriculum for mathematics acceleration. This paper reports upon the difficulties encountered with documenting student understanding using pen-and-paper assessment tasks. This leads to a discussion of the impact of students’ language and literacy on mathematical performance and the consequences for motivation and engagement as a result of simplifying the language in the tests, and extending student work to algebraic representations. In turn, implications are drawn for revisions to assessment used within the project and the language and literacy focus included within student learning experiences.

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ID Code: 79359
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: acceleration, curriculum design, language, mathematics, motivation, engagement
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 2014 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2014 23:24
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 07:02

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