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Interpreting Story Conflict and Resolution Within a Mathematics Storybook: The Case of Two Fifth Graders

Thu, April 8, 5:00 to 6:00pm EDT (5:00 to 6:00pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Research in Mathematics Education Roundtable Sessions


Students often struggle to make sense of integer concepts because they contradict their whole number understanding. In this paper, I investigated how two fifth graders interpreted the story conflict and its resolution within different versions of a mathematics storybook, which was designed to highlight the contradictory ideas between the absolute and ordered values of integers in the context of temperature. The findings indicated that both students’ interpretations encompassed the mathematical and contextual conflict and resolutions of the story and their retellings varied in their use of mathematical language and visuals. This study informs the effectiveness of introducing the concept of integers by presenting conflicts within a mathematics storybook and illuminates ways that students can be supported through the resolution process.