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ERIC Number: ED164271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Sex Differences in Proportional Reasoning.
Brendzel, Sharon
Performance differences between male and female students in proportional reasoning tasks were analyzed with respect to task characteristics. The student performance was also compared to their visual-spatial ability to determine whether such ability correlates with a better performance. The task characteristics tested were ratio complexity, unfamiliarity of content, and spatial attributes of the tasks. The test subjects came from a suburban school and a mixed urban-suburban school. The results indicate that sex, population, and task characteristics do affect performance on proportional reasoning tasks. Specifically, the complex ratio had more failures than the simple ratio, but no sex dependence was found within each school. Students in the suburban high school did significantly better than those in the mixed urban-suburban school. With respect to unfamiliar versus familiar measuring divices, the interaction with sex was significant at the mixed urban-suburban school with females performing more poorly. (Author/BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Proportional Reasoning
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (51st, Toronto, Canada, March 31-April 2, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document