It's more than just numbers and symbols: the use of writing in mathematics

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Title: It's more than just numbers and symbols: the use of writing in mathematics
Author: Stiles, Sandra
Abstract: Mathematics education in the United States has long been seen as lacking when compared to the achievements of students in other countries. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) developed a handbook of standards for teachers to follow in hopes of raising the standards of mathematics education. The focus of this paper is on the section for the development of 9-12 standards, specifically, "Standard 2: Mathematics as Communication" (NCTM, 1989). This standard is concerned with the inclusion within high school mathematics curriculum of techniques and activities that promote continued development of language skills used to communicate mathematical ideas. The goal of this thesis is to compare and contrast the ideas on the national level, interpretations and policies of each of the three states, and adoption of said policies by schools, with the actual implementation of policies and techniques used in the classroom. A secondary goal is to investigate the differences, if any, of policies and practices, on all four levels, between public education and deaf education
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Date: 2005-09-06

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