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Vocabulary, Part 2: Jingling Abstraction

In my last post, I talked about the value of using precise vocabulary in curricular resources. Today, I’m going to talk about (potentially) problematic vocabulary used in research and development. There are twin problems of vocabulary in academia. Referring specifically to research on student engagement, Reschley and Christenson (2012) called these the “jingle, jangle” problems. … Continue reading Vocabulary, Part 2: Jingling Abstraction

Vocabulary, Part 1: Why precision might matter in written resources

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of vocabulary in learning, teaching, and research. Until recently, I didn’t have a very well developed opinion on whether or not we need to worry about kids’ use of mathematical vocabulary, at least at the elementary grades. There were a few ill-articulated assumptions underlying my lesson … Continue reading Vocabulary, Part 1: Why precision might matter in written resources

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