----- Original Message ----- From: Gary K. Probst <[log in to unmask]> To: <[log in to unmask]> 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. >