Language of Learning and Teaching as one of the Causes for Difficulties in Learning Fractions
This paper evolved from a larger study and aimed to test the fractions skills of entry-level students at a South African comprehensive university. The focus in the paper is on the language of learning and teaching as one of the causes for difficulties in learning fractions for entry level science and engineering students. The sample consisted of 94 entry level students out of a population of 120, who enrolled for national diplomas in science and engineering. The survey instrument consisted of 20 items and the data were analyzed using Microsoft Excel 2013. The main findings were that entry-level students enrolled for engineering and science diploma courses struggled to apply fraction arithmetic and that the problems associated with the language of learning and teaching (LoLT) caused difficulties. This study provided important information to school- and university-level mathematics educators by confirming that language difficulties can negatively impact upon the success in learning fractions.
Mammen K. J.,
Language of Learning and Teaching as one of the Causes for Difficulties in Learning Fractions, Science Journal of Education.
Vol. 5, No. 2,
2017, pp. 66-70.
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