Equal Sign Not Equally Understood by All U.S. Students

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Mon, Aug 16th, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Taken very literally, not all students are created equal -- especially in their math learning skills, say Texas A&M University researchers who have found that not fully understanding the "equal sign" in a math problem could be a key to why 70% of U.S. students under-perform their peers from other countries in math.

One cause of the problem might be the textbooks, the research shows.

The Texas A&M researchers examined textbooks in China and the United States and found "Chinese textbooks provided the best examples for students and that even the best U.S. textbooks, those sponsored by the National Science Foundation, were lacking relational examples about the equal sign."

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