ERIC Number: ED043506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Relationships Between Twelve Characteristics of Ability in Mathematics and Successful Achievement in an Eighth Grade SMSG Algebra Program.
Strowbridge, Edwin David, Jr.
This study was designed to (1) analyze relationships between qualitative characteristics of ability in mathematics and success in a special interest-ability algebra program at the eighth grade level and (2) develop a rating scale for teachers to use in identification of students with high potential in mathematics. The "Iowa Test of Basic Skills" and "Portland Prognostic Test" were used as standardized identification instruments. "Portland's Mid-Year and Year-End Algebra Tests" provided criteria for measuring success. Among the conclusions drawn from this study were: (1) characteristics of ability are associated with success in mathematics; (2) significant relationships exist between the scale and predictive tests; (3) there are significant relationships between the scale and mid-year and year-end tests; (4) a significant difference was found between quantitative and qualitative instruments; (5) teachers are able to estimate characteristics of ability; and (6) characteristics such as ability to make generalizations, wide participation in class activities, good vocabulary and enjoyment of reading, and a desire to learn about numbers accounted for 95 percent of the variability in scale scores. (FL)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Algebra, Doctoral Dissertations, Grade 8, Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Characteristics
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.
Identifiers: School Mathematics Study Group