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ERIC Number: ED188909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Intellectual Abilities of Good and Poor Problem Solvers: An Exploratory Study.
Meyer, Ruth Ann
This study examined a selected sample of fourth-grade students who had been previously identified as good or poor problem solvers. The pupils were compared on variables considered as "reference tests" for Verbal, Induction, Numerical, Word Fluency, Memory, Spatial Visualization, and Perceptual Speed abilities. The data were compiled to indicate which intellectual abilities are most related to mathematical problem-solving performance. The results indicated that Reasoning, Verbal, and Numerical abilities are important for mathematical problem solving. Inductive Reasoning was thought to play the most significant role in discriminating between the good and poor problem solvers of the study. The entire battery of 19 tests discriminated between good and poor problem solvers with 92.2% accuracy, and some reduced models gave even higher accuracy. Several tables detailing results of the 19 tests and an extensive reference list are included in this report. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
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