ERIC Number: ED035722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
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An Experiment to Evaluate the Relative Effectiveness of Two Approaches To Teaching College Algebra in Achieving Selected Objectives of College Algebra in Industrial Technology/Curricula.
Stuessy, Eugene L.
Two approaches to teaching college algebra were evaluated to determine their effectiveness in achieving the objectives of college algebra in the industrial technology curriculum. The null hypothesis of no significant difference in the effectiveness of the traditional approach to teaching college algebra and an experimental approach was investigated. Sixty-six students were the primary source with 10 of these constituting the entire population of the freshman industrial technology students for whom records were available. Student achievement on a series of examinations and assigned problems, and student written and oral attitudes and comments, were evaluated. The Mann-Whitney U Test and the Spearman Rank Correlation procedure were used for analysis of the data. Conclusions were: (1) The traditional approach was more effective in the development of student abilities with proofs, (2) The experimental approach was more effective in the development of student abilities with derivations, and (3) The two approaches appeared to be essentially equivalent in developing student understanding and skill in algebra. This Ed.D. dissertation was submitted to the Texas A and M University. (GR)
Descriptors: Algebra, Bibliographies, College Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Doctoral Dissertations, Industry, Teaching Methods, Technology
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