The influence of sources in the reading of mathematical text: A reply to Shanahan, Shanahan, and Misischia

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Abstract

In a recent article published in this journal, Shanahan, Shanahan, and Misischia investigated the differences in how chemists, historians, and mathematicians read text specific to their disciplines. Unlike the chemists and historians, the pair of mathematicians in this study did not consider sources when reading and evaluating their text. In this response, we contend that most mathematicians regularly do consider sources when reading mathematical arguments and papers. We summarize the results of four empirical studies, which suggest that this is the case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-96
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Literacy Research
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Keywords

  • Content reading
  • Mathematical reading
  • Mathematicians
  • Qualitative study
  • Quantitative study

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