Between natural language and mathematical symbols (<, >, =): the comprehension of pre-service and preschool teachers’ perspective of “Numbers” and “Quantity” - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
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Between natural language and mathematical symbols (<, >, =): the comprehension of pre-service and preschool teachers’ perspective of “Numbers” and “Quantity”

Dina Hassidov
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Bat-Sheva Ilany
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Abstract

This paper deals with a study that relates to the understanding of the concepts that constitute part of symbolic thinking. The goal of the study was to understand how pre-service teachers (PST) and preschool teachers (PT) understand and use the mathematical symbols <, >, and = when comparing numbers, figures and shapes of different sizes and thicknesses. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, we examined a study population of 71 PST attending a course for teaching mathematics to pre-schoolers and 149 PT. Our results show that the majority of participants did not answer the questions correctly, with a significant difference between how the two groups validated their answers, indicating that the participants do not correctly understand that mathematical symbols should only be used in the mathematical context.
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hal-02422541 , version 1 (22-12-2019)

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Dina Hassidov, Bat-Sheva Ilany. Between natural language and mathematical symbols (<, >, =): the comprehension of pre-service and preschool teachers’ perspective of “Numbers” and “Quantity”. Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Utrecht University, Feb 2019, Utrecht, Netherlands. ⟨hal-02422541⟩

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