Educational Reform, Mathematics, & Diverse Learners: Meeting the Needs of All Students

Ernst-Slavit, Gisela; Slavit, David
June 2007
Multicultural Education;Summer2007, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p20
Academic Journal
The article addresses the challenges of teaching mathematics to English language learners in diverse U.S. classrooms. The authors, a specialist in bilingual/English for speakers of other languages (ESL) education and a teacher educator in mathematics, share what they have learned through teaching, research, observation, and consulting. They describe the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) standards, which call for using relevant, real-world situations to develop problem-based lessons. They suggest language and cultural factors to consider, including the role of students' first languages, cultures, and communities, the specialized language of mathematics, the teaching of mathematics to diverse groups, and language and cultural factors in the development of mathematics.


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