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Teaching square roots: conceptual complexity in mathematics language

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by John Gough
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.

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Journal

Australian senior mathematics journal

Volume

21

Issue

1

Pagination

53 - 57

Publisher

Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.

Location

Armidale, N.S.W.

ISSN

0819-4564

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.

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