ERIC Number: ED238717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Time Allocated to Mathematics in the Elementary School.
Harvin, Virginia R.
To determine what happens during a mathematics lesson, a questionnaire was designed with questions on the lesson, materials, interruptions, evaluation, and routine duties. Of 100 questionnaires distributed, 94 were returned, by teachers in kindergarten through grade 7 and special education classes. About half the teachers had taught less than five years, and most were in suburban schools. Fifty-seven teachers reported a 30-45 minute mathematics period, while 35 teachers reported a 45-60 minute period. Review, explaining, and practice accounted for time spent by most teachers, with over half including mental computation and about one-third including experimentation and evaluation. The textbook was the major material used, with worksheets ranked second. Manipulative materials and games were used in less than half of the classrooms. Children caused more interruptions than did administration or other sources. Routine activities are listed. Most of the mathematics period was used for non-instructional purposes. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
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