The Importance of Equal Sign Understanding in the Middle Grades
Eric Knuth, Martha Alibali, Shanta Hattikudur, Nicole McNeil, Ana Stephens
May 2008, Volume 13, Issue 9, Page 514
Describes middle school students' understanding of the equal sign and the relationship between their understanding and performance when solving algebraic equations. Students are given prompts about the meaning and how they understand the equal sign; these results are highlighted. Improving students' understanding of the equal sign and their preparation for algebra may require changes in instructional practices and middle school mathematics curricula.
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