Identifier

etd-07102015-091513

Degree

Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)

Department

Mathematics

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate students’ understanding and knowledge of the equal sign, so that instructional resources could be identified to improve student’s conceptual understanding about mathematical equivalence. A test, consisting of a combination of items taken from previous studies, as well as items developed by the researchers, was designed to gauge students’ understanding of the equality symbol. The test was administered to 54 seventh-graders in Spring 2015. The results of the test indicated a significant number of students in our district have a limited understanding of mathematical equivalence. This papers ends with some suggested activities recommended to prepare students for formal courses in algebra by offering teachers opportunities to understand and develop their student’s grasp of equality and the equal sign.

Date

2015

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Madden, James

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