A Man Left Albuquerque Heading East: Word Problems as Genre in Mathematics Education
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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Introduction Chapter 2 What Is Meant by Genre?
What Is a Word Problem? 2
Word Problems and Intentions A Study 4
Teachers and Curriculum Writers Intentions 5
How Students Read Their Teachers Intentions 8
The History of the Word Problem Genre 11
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