The Educational Transition Of Education Essay

1609 Words Oct 16th, 2015 7 Pages
There are a number of changes that arise when students continue their studies outside their home country. In particular, these are changes that are concerned with being immersed in a different education system. When I moved from the Philippines to New Zealand in 2012, I experienced an educational transition that significantly affected my mathematics learning. Two such changes that I faced are language I used in my learning and type of mathematical understanding I developed. These changes that were brought about by the educational transition I made influenced my mathematics learning in several ways, both positively and negatively.
Language is one of the biggest influences that affected my mathematics learning. Firstly, learning mathematics in a second language hindered my ability to fully express mathematical ideas to my teacher and fellow students. I struggled to translate mathematical thought into speech fluently even though I was exposed to the English language at a young age. This resulted in a decrease in my participation in group activities and eventually had a negative impact on my mathematics learning. Language is a critical tool that contributes to a student’s learning. McChesney (2009) talks about Lev Vygotsky, a social constructivist who perceives learning as a social activity that makes use of cultural tools, one of which includes language. According to Vygotsky, language is a significant tool that develops a learner’s knowledge through initially interacting with…

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