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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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
Conclusions What Does This Mean for Us As Teachers? 13
A Glossary of Terms from Linguistics Discourse Analysis and Genre Analysis 15
References 15
Index 16

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About the author (2004)

The Author: Susan Gerofsky earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education from Simon Fraser University, Canada, and her M.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Durham, England. Dr. Gerofsky teaches at an alternative school in Vancouver and at Simon Fraser University.

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