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Teaching square roots: conceptual complexity in mathematics language

Gough, John 2007, Teaching square roots: conceptual complexity in mathematics language, Australian senior mathematics journal, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 53-57.

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Title Teaching square roots: conceptual complexity in mathematics language
Author(s) Gough, John
Journal name Australian senior mathematics journal
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 57
Publisher Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
Place of publication Armidale, N.S.W.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0819-4564
Summary The article presents strategies for communicating the concept of square roots to limited English-proficient students. Instead of using mathematical terminology, mathematics teachers could communicate the concept of square roots by integrating the literal concept of square to the actual meaning of a square root. Such approach addresses the learning difficulty experienced by limited English proficient students who tend to associate square roots to geometric concepts. Several strategies for illustrating the concept of a square root using square figures are presented.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007799

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