ERIC Number: ED223446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of a Model Designed to Facilitate Mathematical Story Problem-Solving Skills in Children in the Intermediate Elementary Grades.
Wilson, Florence C.
The focus of this dissertation was to develop a model instructional unit to teach story problem-solving skills to fourth- and fifth-grade pupils and to determine the model's effectiveness. Subjects were randomly selected pupils in the Long Beach Unified School District. The model unit consisted of a sequenced continuum of instructional objectives with student activities, instructional procedures, and student practice sheets. The objectives extended from pupils identifying numerical actions in pictures up to and including two-step story problems. Instructional emphasis was placed on understanding problem situations, recognizing mathematical processes, and relating those processes to appropriate computational operations. The pre- and posttest scores of subjects were compared to those of controls receiving standard textbook instruction. Significant differences were found at the .02 level on adjusted post-test scores for fourth-grade students, and at the .01 level for fifth-grade students. The results suggest that the new instructional method, within the conditions of the experiment, shows promise for further research. (MP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Doctoral Dissertation, Walden University.