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Research project Students' success rates on written mathematics tasks should not depend on their reading ability, but at the same time mathematical ability also includes the ability to interpret written mathematical descriptions.
The purpose of this project is to better understand the intricate relationships between aspects of reading and aspects of solving mathematical tasks. Included in this purpose is to try to distinguish between aspects of reading that are irrelevant from a mathematical perspective from those aspects of reading that are essential parts of mathematical ability. For example, we are interested in identifying linguistic features of mathematical tasks that are particularly important when students solve these tasks, and also to determine which of these features can be said to add unnecessary complexity to the task.