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ERIC Number: EJ836628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-8
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Negative Numbers in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Phenomenology and Representations
Maz-Machado, Alexander; Rico-Romero, Luis
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v7 n1 p537-554 Apr 2009
This article presents a categorization of the phenomena and representations used to introduce negative numbers in mathematics books published in Spain during the 18th and 19th centuries. Through a content analysis of fourteen texts which were selected for the study, we distinguished four phenomena typologies: physical, accounting, temporal and mathematical. Four types of representations are also identified: verbal, numeric, graphic and algebraic. These results reflect the same level of understanding and treatment of negative numbers in Spain as is found in other European countries during this time period. (Contains 3 figures.)
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain