Title

Reading Stances in Mathematics: Positioning Students and Texts

Department

Secondary and Middle Grades Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2005

Abstract

This review of recent literature, focusing on the integration of mathematics and reading, highlights three reading stances within mathematics classrooms. The first stance, reading problems, highlights the scope-and-sequence, transmission approach to learning mathematics, where the purpose of reading is to figure out how to solve an immediate mathematical problem. The second stance, reading mathematics, focuses on understanding the language of mathematics and often includes diverse texts. In the third stance, reading life, students extend their mathematical understanding to sociopolitical issues, particularly issues that affect students' daily lives. This review concludes by suggesting a source of text for reading life: environmental print.

Journal

Action in Teacher Education

Journal ISSN

0162-6620

Volume

27

Issue

2

First Page

68

Last Page

79

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/01626620.2005.10463384