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Reading literacy and learning mathematics

Natalija Lokar (2016) Reading literacy and learning mathematics. Diploma thesis.

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    The thesis is about reading literacy in relation to learning mathematics. The first part outlines some types of literacy: reading literacy, mathematics literacy and content literacy. We describe factors of literacy and some reading improvement strategies are presented. We also present eight mathematical competences within the framework of mathematical literacy. Theoretical part continues with specific features of mathematical texts, difficulties that occur when reading these texts, and the role of reading in mathematics. Theoretical part is concluded by presenting three approaches for learning to read with comprehension and six support techniques for learning to read with comprehension in relation to problem solving. Teachers can use these approaches and techniques to help students improve their reading comprehension. In the empirical part of the thesis we present a pilot research, in which we investigated, whether mathematical symbols and pictorial information in mathematical problems are an obstacle for students of the seventh grade in solving them. Three tasks and three versions of each of the tasks were composed for this purpose. Each student had to solve one version of the three different tasks. Our research results showed that students are best at solving tasks that consist only of text. Their results are lower in solving tasks that include mathematical symbols and lowest in tasks than include pictures.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: reading literacy, reading, reading comprehension, mathematical texts, solving mathematical problems
    Number of Pages: 59
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Zlatan MagajnaMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11193929)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3817
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 09:23
    Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 09:23
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3817

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