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Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

When learning a new subject or course material, writing can be an essential tool for a deeper understanding of content. The importance of writing in mathematics is no different—yet in mathematics, writing seems to be the odd-ball out (exception). However, in classrooms where students have little depth of understanding mathematics, writing can be a vital instrument in the learning process. A common misconception when learning mathematics is that it is all numbers and memorizing equations—when in fact writing is a main component and first step to developing a deeper understanding of the mathematical content. As students continue to grow and mature mentally, their traditional reading and writing literacy increases.

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