The role of language in Mathematics

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Martin Saunders writes a good story about the role of language in children’s learning of Mathematics. His conclusion (but you really need to read the whole piece in our link for today):

In summary, it is clear that language is a requirement for mathematical cognition, if not higher cognition in general. Where language is a component of understanding it must also be a requirement for the learning process. A symbiotic relationship exists where dialogue, and in particular creating explanations, aids to build understanding but also to apply this understanding in ever more complex ways. As the ability to consider multiple conceptual areas collectively grows and with number facts readily available a proficient mathematician develops who is able to reason and problem solve with fluency.

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