Teaching and learning mathematics in multilingual classrooms: An overview

Anjum Halai, Philip Clarkson

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Mathematics education has increasingly in the last 30 years acknowledged the crucial role that language plays in learning. However, this has mainly been the roleof language in cognition, such as students’ understanding of mathematics concepts and relationships, and not necessarily its impact on social, cultural, and political issues and learning in mathematics. Furthermore, multilingualism in mathematics classrooms has been underpinned by a deficit discourse that viewed languages other than the language of instruction as a “problem”.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching and Learning Mathematics in Multilingual Classrooms
Subtitle of host publicationIssues for Policy, Practice and Teacher Education
PublisherSense Publishers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789463002295
ISBN (Print)9789463002271
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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