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English Language Learners and Math

English Language Learners and Math - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-1607521488

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ISBN10: 1607521482
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Publisher: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Published: 2009
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English Language Learners and Math - 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-1607521488

Holly Hansen-Thomas

ISBN13: 978-1607521488
ISBN10: 1607521482
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 09
Publisher: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

Taking a community of practice perspective that highlights the learner as part of a community, rather than a lone individual responsible for her/his learning, this ethnographically-influenced study investigates how Latina/o English Language Learners (ELLs) in middle school mathematics classes negotiated their learning of mathematics and mathematical discourse. The classes in which the Latina/o students were enrolled used a reform-oriented approach to math learning; the math in these classes was'' to varying degrees'' taught using a hands-on, discovery approach to learning where group learning was valued, and discussions in and about math were critical. This book presents the stories of how six immigrant and American-born ELLs worked with their three teachers of varied ethnicity, education, experience with second language learners, and training in reform-oriented mathematics curricula to gain a degree of competence in the mathematical discourse they used in class. Identity, participation, situated learning, discourse use by learners of English as a Second Language (ESL), framing in language, and student success in mathematics are all critical notions that are highlighted within this school-based research.

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