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Connect and Prepare: The social and linguistic semiotics of mathematics in public schools PROCEEDING

, UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education, United States ; , CSTEM, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, United States Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Semiotics is the study of sign processes, their signification and communication. Signs and symbols are usually divided into three branches. This research study is based on the effects of semiotics in a classroom discourse. The learning process can be better if signs gestures and symbols are also used along with written and verbal language to teach students in public school. America is like a salad bowl with people from many cultures, nationalities, languages and backgrounds. Besides foreigners there are many different language dialects and socio cultural differences for American citizens in states where spoken language is different from Standard English. In Vygotsky’s philosophy of zone of proximal development, “any semiotic activity of individual assumes the existence of social interaction (Vygotsky 1934).The research study discusses the historical background of semiotics and examples from some local public schools.

Citation

Raja, S. & Pugalee, D. (2016). Connect and Prepare: The social and linguistic semiotics of mathematics in public schools. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016 (pp. 1491-1495). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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