A Man Left Albuquerque Heading East: Word Problems as Genre in Mathematics Education

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Mathematics - 170 pages
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Annotation Word problems, or story problems, have been a part of mathematical education for the past 4,000 years. This book considers mathematical word problems as a genre, drawing on analytic theory from linguistics, literary criticism, and mathematics education. Raising the question, what are word problems?, this book addresses it by taking a walk around the genre to see it from many points of view, including the linguistic, the historical, and the pedagogical. A Man Left Albuquerque Heading East sheds light on the nature of genre in education and inspires teachers to use word problems in new ways, with different intentions.
 

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Contents

Introduction Chapter 2 What Is Meant by Genre?
1
What Is a Word Problem? 2
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Word Problems and Intentions A Study 4
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Teachers and Curriculum Writers Intentions 5
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How Students Read Their Teachers Intentions 8
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The History of the Word Problem Genre 11
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Conclusions What Does This Mean for Us As Teachers? 13
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A Glossary of Terms from Linguistics Discourse Analysis and Genre Analysis 15
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References 15
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Index 16
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