Teaching square roots: Conceptual complexity in mathematics language

Gough, John
June 2007
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal;2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
The article presents strategies for communicating the concept of square roots to limited English-proficient students. Instead of using mathematical terminology, mathematics teachers could communicate the concept of square roots by integrating the literal concept of square to the actual meaning of a square root. Such approach addresses the learning difficulty experienced by limited English proficient students who tend to associate square roots to geometric concepts. Several strategies for illustrating the concept of a square root using square figures are presented.


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