TY - GEN

T1 - Teaching children to solve mathematical word problems in an imported language

AU - Verzosa, Debbie Bautista

AU - Mulligan, Joanne

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - Many Filipino children find mathematical word problems particularly difficult to solve because they are required to learn mathematics and solve problems in English, a language that many encounter only in school. This paper reports on one aspect of a two-year design study aimed to assist second-grade Filipino children solve additive word problems in English. With Filipino as the medium of instruction, an out-of-school pedagogical intervention providing linguistic and representational scaffolds was implemented with 17 children over 10 weeks. Pre-intervention, children experienced linguistic difficulties and were limited to conceptualising and solving simple additive structures. Post-intervention interviews revealed improved understanding of more complex structures, but only when linguistic difficulties were minimised.

AB - Many Filipino children find mathematical word problems particularly difficult to solve because they are required to learn mathematics and solve problems in English, a language that many encounter only in school. This paper reports on one aspect of a two-year design study aimed to assist second-grade Filipino children solve additive word problems in English. With Filipino as the medium of instruction, an out-of-school pedagogical intervention providing linguistic and representational scaffolds was implemented with 17 children over 10 weeks. Pre-intervention, children experienced linguistic difficulties and were limited to conceptualising and solving simple additive structures. Post-intervention interviews revealed improved understanding of more complex structures, but only when linguistic difficulties were minimised.

M3 - Conference proceeding contribution

VL - 4

T3 - PME Conference Proceedings

SP - 203

EP - 210

BT - proceedings of the 36th conference of the international group for psychology of mathematics education

A2 - Tso, Tai-Yih

PB - INT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC

CY - Taipei, Taiwan

T2 - 36th Annual Conference of the International-Group-for-Psychology-of-Mathematics-Education (PME 36)

Y2 - 18 July 2012 through 22 July 2012

ER -