Capstone/Dissertation Title

The Role of Literacy and Language in Building Mathematical Knowledge: A Case Study


Spring 4-20-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Terri Christenson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kristy Otte

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

David Pugh


The following case study investigated language’s role in building mathematical knowledge in a 6th grade mathematics class. This study’s primary question was, What role does language play in building mathematical knowledge? The author observed one math teacher for eight weeks. Data was collected using observation, semi-structured conversation, and document analysis. The results of this activity revealed that language plays a descriptive role in building mathematical knowledge. It describes mathematics’ identity; it reveals a relationship between text, reader, and math community as well as speaker and listener. Further research might answer, How does language build mathematical knowledge?

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