Informing Practice: Developing Symbol Sense for the Minus Sign

research matters for teachers

Research on how students make sense of and use the minus sign indicates that students struggle to understand the multiple meanings of this symbol. Teachers can support students in developing a robust understanding of each interpretation.

Footnotes

Edited by Debra I. Johanning, debra.johanning@utoledo.edu. Readers are encouraged to submit manuscripts through http://mtms.msubmit.net.

Contributor Notes

Lisa L. Lamb, Lisa.Lamb@sdsu.edu; Jessica Pierson Bishop, jpierson@mail.sdsu.edu; Randolph A. Philipp, rphilipp@mail.sdsu.edu; Bonnie P. Schappelle, bschappe@sunstroke.sdsu.edu; Ian Whitacre, ianwhitacre@yahoo.com; and Mindy Lewis, mindydanenhauer@hotmail.com, work together at San Diego State University to investigate grades K–12 students' conceptions of negative numbers.

(Corresponding author is Lamb Lisa.Lamb@sdsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Bishop jpierson@mail.sdsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Philipp rphilipp@mail.sdsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Schappelle bschappe@sunstroke.sdsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Whitacre ianwhitacre@yahoo.com)(Corresponding author is Lewis mindydanenhauer@hotmail.com)
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 3 3 1
Full Text Views 2 2 1
PDF Downloads 4 4 2
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0