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Teaching Students to Read Technical Material: The Use of Reading Outlines

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Author:Janet Andersen, Hope College; The Math Forum
Description: An article presented at the Joint 1996 Mathematics Meetings in Orlando, Florida. Many of the recent changes in mathematics curriculum and pedagogy focus on increasing student proficiency in discussing mathematics, writing about mathematics, and using technology appropriately. One area that is often overlooked is increasing student proficiency in reading mathematics. Typically, most students never read a mathematics textbook. At most, the book is used as a means of finding examples similar to assigned homework problems. Yet if our goal is to have our students become self-learners, it is essential that they learn to carefully read technical material.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Preprints
Math Topics: Communicating Math
Math Ed Topics: Writing/Communication in Math

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