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From: Gary K. Probst <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2000 6:38 AM
Subject: Re: Misunderstanding medical terms hazardous to health


> Gary Probst wrote:
>
> Misunderstanding medical terms hazardous to health
>
>                       February 28, 2000
>
>                       NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -- In an emergency
situation,
> many
>                       people may misunderstand key medical terms used by
> emergency
>                       personnel. The result? Precious minutes may be
wasted
> clearing up the
>                       confusion, results of a study suggest.
>
> http://www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=28422
>
>
> This article can be used to illustrate how important it is not only to
know the
> definition of terms, BUT be able to define a term to someone else who may
not
> know its meaning.
>
> It is my opinion that one of the major reason why students cannot learn
math is
> they do not know the vocabulary of mathematics.   Last week I saw an
Internet
> math program that defined the numerator as the number on top and the
denominator
> as the number on the bottom.  Not knowing the definition of terms in
mathematics
> will quickly produce math anxiety.  Many math terms are not defined
correctly in
> textbooks or taught in math classes.
>
> Beavers developmental math textbook is the only math textbook that I have
seen
> that lists the key terms used in each chapter.
>
> Divide a math test into two parts.  Part one would be a regular math test.
Part
> two would be a test of the math vocabulary terms required to solve the
problems
> on part one.  This would be a good correlation study for someone who need
to do
> a research paper.  You will get many complaints from students that the
> vocabulary part of the test is not fair.  When they complain ask them what
> happens if they do not know the new terms introduced in courses such as
> psychology, accounting, etc.
>