Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Increasingly the belief that there is a close connection between thinking and writing grows. This connection, it is alleged, makes writing a very useful device for learning the subject matter of all disciplines, in addition to being particularly useful in the teaching of thinking skills. If one believes that mathematics should be based on sound thinking, mathematics teachers, such as this author, may well feel prompted to search for ways in which writing may be used as a learning and thinking tool in mathematics classes. This search is the topic of this paper. This paper attempts three major tasks: The first is to present research which establishes the basis for emphasizing writing as a teaching and learning tool across the entire secondary school curriculum. Second, some useful techniques for implementing writing as a tool in any of the disciplines are presented. Finally, the paper discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages that such techniques hold for mathematics classes.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
James E. Albrecht
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©1987 Walter C. Block
Block, Walter C., "The use of writing as a tool for teaching and learning in mathematics classes" (1987). Graduate Research Papers. 2094.