Understanding the meaning of the equal sign: A case study of middle school students in the united arab emirates

Yousef Wardat, Adeeb M. Jarrah, George Stoica

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Abstract

The equal symbol has been used in diverse mathematical frameworks, such as arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, set theory, and so on. In mathematical terms, the equal sign has been used in fixed command of standings. The study reports on the students meaning and interpretations of the equal sign. The study involved Grade 6, 7, and 8 students in a secondary school in Alain, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Much of the earlier research done on the equal sign has focused on the primary school level, but this one focuses on middle school students. The study shows that the maximum foremost understanding of the equal sign amongst Grade 6, 7, and 8 students is a do-something, unidirectional symbol. Students realize the equal sign as an instrument for marking the response moderately than as an interpersonal symbol to associate extents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1505-1514
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Educational Research
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2021

Keywords

  • Equal sign
  • Middle school
  • Unidirectional
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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