Language issues in mathematics and science: An analysis of examiners' reports on students' performance in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (2010-2011)

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dc.contributor.author Hewitt-Bradshaw, Iris P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-14T16:25:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-14T16:25:25Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Hewitt-Bradshaw, I. (2012). Language issues in mathematics and science: An analysis of examiners' reports on students' performance in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (2010-2011). Caribbean Curriculum, 19, 43-66. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1017-5636
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/13703
dc.description.abstract This study adopted a systemic-functional approach to analyse the language issues that examiners referred to in their reports on candidates' performance in mathematics and science examinations administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in 2010-2011. Content analysis of reports in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, human and social biology, and integrated science identified four salient areas of language challenges for students-subject discipline terminology, data representation, content area reading, and content area writing-as these related to students' understanding and expression. Examiners' recommendations to address these issues were also analysed. It is suggested that Caribbean students may be facing challenges in accessing academic language through a language that is not their first language, and that this influences their ability to use conventional tools of the disciplines to show their understanding of mathematics and science in examinations. The article also makes recommendations for curricular review to provide greater opportunities for students to develop critical language skills in content areas en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine en_US
dc.subject Examination results en_US
dc.subject Examiners' reports en_US
dc.subject CXC CSEC examinations en_US
dc.subject Content analysis en_US
dc.subject Mathematics en_US
dc.subject Science en_US
dc.subject Secondary school students en_US
dc.subject Language proficiency en_US
dc.subject Language skills en_US
dc.subject Caribbean en_US
dc.title Language issues in mathematics and science: An analysis of examiners' reports on students' performance in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (2010-2011) en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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