ERIC Number: ED216896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Methods of Validating Learning Hierarchies with Applications to Mathematics Learning.
Ekstrand, Judith M.
The relationship between mathematics tests and the theoretical learning process was explored using alternative statistical methods and models. Data for over 1300 students in grade 5 using the mathematics subscales from the National Longitudinal Study of Mathematical Abilities (NLSMA) were analyzed. Results indicated that Bloom's taxonomy is weakly supported when a full model using both adjacent and non-adjacent paths (from path analysis) is examined. The factor analysis produced one factor, as Bloom's structure would dictate, but when the four factors accounting for the largest percentage of variance are examined, a factor structure was obtained which corresponded to only two factors that could be named, computation and problem solving. Analyses using the computer program LISREL IV, which accounts for large error components and sample sizes, supported Bloom's cumulative hierarchy. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Learning Hierarchies; Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 18-23, 1982). Document is marginally legible.