Developing Meaning for Algebraic Symbols: Possibilities and Pitfalls

  • Developing Meaning for Algebraic Symbols: Possibilities and Pitfalls

    John Lannin; Brian Townsend; Nathan Armer; Savanna Green; Jessica Schneider
    Developing meaning for the mathematical symbols used in formal algebra. It  describes the development progress of four fifth-grade students. Computer spreadsheet software assisted students. Analysis of development in the movement from verbal expressions to syncopated expressions and into the use of formal algebraic symbols is presented and strategies are provided to deepen student understanding of the symbol's meaning.