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Math and Study Abroad?

VU International News and Reviews No. 101 November 20 2017

November 2017

Lisa Anne Kasmer and Esther Billings from Grand Valley State University in Michigan have published an article on “Teaching Mathematics in Multilingual Classrooms: Developing Intercultural Competence via a Study Abroad Program” in Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. They investigated how a study abroad experience teaching mathematics in Tanzania, Africa impacted a group of American secondary education pre-service teachers. They examined three areas: the students’ attitudes, knowledge and comprehension, and skills in an effort to understand their ability to teach in multilingual classrooms. One of the results of the Study Abroad experience was that the students had learned to think carefully about each mathematical term they would use while teaching.

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