Learning Stipulative Definitions in Mathematics is Difficult

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Effective communication in mathematics is a non-trivial but essential skill. Communication in mathematics involves: Mathematical understanding. Vocabulary knowledge base. Fluency and proficiency with; numbers, symbols, words, and diagrams; Comprehension skills. Difficulties students face when learning the language of mathematics are complex and can negatively impact their entire mathematics development.  A teacher’s intervention is required to

Research about Definitions in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

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The article referenced at the end of this essay is excellent.  Please read it.  Most of the comments in this essay are rooted in that article. In the opening paragraph the authors point out that throughout an individual’s mathematics education teaching the language of mathematics is an essential aspect of learning mathematics. Mathematical vocabulary affords