ERIC Number: ED039147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug-15
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Evaluation of Mathematical Computational Abilities of New Hampshire's Eighth Graders: 1963-1967, Final Report.
Austin, Gilbert R.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of using different mathematics textbooks on the mathematical computational ability of students as a method of assessing the effectiveness of different mathematics instruction. This study resulted from a 1963 report which discussed the results of the New Hampshire Statewide Eighth Grade Testing Program and the observation that a significant drop in the arithmetic computation scores occurred in 1964 and 1965. A study of the data collected in 1967 involved three different phases. The results of phase one indicated that the introduction of modern mathematics is somewhat responsible for the decline in computational ability. The second phase compared the arithmetic computational ability of 1965 eighth graders with 1967 tenth graders. The results suggested no significant differences in computational ability in grade ten between traditional, transitional, and modern groups. The third phase involved a select group of tenth graders and their abilities in algebra and geometry. The conclusions were that students who had studied either a modern or a transitional textbook did markedly superior work to those who had used only a traditional textbook. (FL)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham.