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**Publication Date:**1968

**Pages:**152

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A Study to Determine the Relationship Between and Among Certain Selected Factors and the Student's Ability to Solve Mathematical Problems by the Discovery Method.

Wallace, Samuel Porter

Analyzed were the relationships between and among mathematical ability, verbal ability, mathematical achievement, general scholastic intelligence, number of years of high school training in mathematics, plans to specialize in mathematics education in college, sex, and the student's performance in solving mathematical problems by the discovery method. The sample for this study was 548 freshmen at the East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania. A battery of standardized tests was administered, and data were statistically treated by employing regression analysis. Among the results and conclusions reported were (1) the greater the student's mathematical ability, the greater his ability to solve mathematical problems by the discovery method, (2) the student's ability to solve mathematical problems by the discovery method was dependent to some extent upon his verbal ability, (3) there was a substantial relationship between a student's mathematical achievement and his ability to discover the solution to a mathematical problem, and (4) female students displayed a slightly greater ability to solve mathematical problems by the discovery method than did male students. (RP)

Descriptors: Ability, Achievement, College Mathematics, Discovery Processes, Mathematics, Prediction, Problem Solving, Verbal Ability

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**Authoring Institution:**Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA.

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