Date of Award/Publication

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Abstract

This study explores the use of instructional strategies for vocabulary and language development in mathematics lessons. Strategies focused on the use of language during instruction and class discussions, for problem solving, as a communication tool to describe and explain mathematical thinking, and for the assessment of student learning. A 5-section binder system was used to organize and evaluate student work. Each section contained information and work for the mathematics unit pertaining to practice of previous skills, class work, homework, vocabulary, and learning reflections. The study produced evidence that targeted and intense language instruction in mathematics improved students' ability to think and communicate effectively in this subject area.

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