ERIC Number: ED046707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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A Comparison of Two Methods of Teaching Selected Topics in Plane Analytic Geometry.
Bundrick, Charles Michael
Reported are the results of a study to determine if there is a difference in learning as measured by an achievement test between high school students who study plane analytic geometric topics via a vector approach and those who study the same topics via a traditional approach. Secondary objectives concerned the transfer to further topics in solid analytic geometry, and the effect of ability and achievement levels on learning. All instruction utilized programed units. Results on an achievement test following a unit on vector algebra determined high and low groups. Half of the high and low groups were assigned to each of the two treatment groups. The vector approach students performed significantly better (.05) than the traditional approach students on the transfer test and the criterion test (designed to measure achievement and understanding). The high and low grouped vector approach students did significantly better than the corresponding traditional groups in understanding and transfer. The high vector students did significantly better than the high traditional students on the achievement measure. (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Analytic Geometry, Doctoral Dissertations, Geometric Concepts, Instruction, Programed Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.