ERIC Number: ED251303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Negative Numbers. A Source-Work Collection for In-Service and Pre-Service Teacher Courses.
Arcavi, A.; Bruckheimer, M.
These materials on negative numbers are designed for use in workshops for pre- and in-service teacher training, especially for teachers in junior high schools. The general aims are: to improve teachers' mathematical knowledge of topics, to enrich teachers' mathematical background, to allow opportunity to discuss relevant didactics, and to create a reasonable image of mathematics and mathematical activity as a human endeavor. The worksheets (in booklet form) generally have a brief biographical-chronological introduction to set the historical scene, an historical source, and leading questions on the source materials and on mathematical and didactical consequences thereof. Each worksheet is accompanied by answer sheets (also in booklet form), containing solutions and further sources and information. Eleven worksheets present the history of negative numbers under such topics as: F. Viete, R. Descartes, contradictions in the use of negative numbers, N. Saunderson, L. Euler, W. Frend, G. Peacock, and the formal entry of negative numbers into mathematics. Comments on how to use the worksheets are briefly presented. (MNS)
Descriptors: History, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Integers, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Number Concepts, Preservice Teacher Education, Resource Materials, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Worksheets, Workshops
Weizmann Institute, Department of Science Teaching, 71600 Rehovot, Israel. Single copies for academic use are free; others $6.00/set.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Weizmann Inst. of Science, Rehovot (Israel).
Identifiers - Location: Israel