ERIC Number: ED021758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
School Mathematics Study Group Report No. 2, The Special Curriculum Project: Pilot Program on Mathematics Learning of Culturally Disadvantaged Primary School Children.
Leiderman, Gloria F.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of existing School Mathematics Study Group (SMSG) materials in developing materials for teachers emphasizing techniques for providing disadvantaged children with experiences necessary for the formation of the fundamental concepts of arithmetic. In this experiment, six kindergarten and seven first grade classes in disadvantaged areas of six cities were tested at the beginning of the 1964-65 school year. In addition, two classes at each of these grade levels, but from high socioeconomic areas were tested as were one kindergarten class and one first grade class using course materials other than SMSG. Most of these classes were followed throughout the school year, with individual tests being administered at three points. Classroom observations, teacher reports, and a group test administered at the end of the school year provided other kinds of data. Variability in performance with in the disadvantaged classes was shown to be consistently very large. Variability between classes of disadvantaged children was also found with regularity. The changes in performance of the disadvantaged kindergarten children over the year were, on many of the tests, different from those changes observed in the first grade children. (RP)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School Mathematics Study Group.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation; School Mathematics Study Group