ERIC Number: ED021713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Relative Merits of Two Methodologies of Teaching the Metric System to Seventh Grade Students.
McFee, Evan Earl
This study investigated whether instruction with or without simultaneous conversion to English measures is more effective in improving the ability of students to perform tasks in the metric system. Also investigated was the relationship of mathematical problem solving ability and sex to the ability of students to perform such tasks. Six seventh grade general science classes were used. Four classes instructed by the investigator were randomly divided into two groups, each of which was taught by one of the two methods. The remaining two classes received no instruction and served as control classes. The findings indicate that the performance of these students in metric measures was significantly improved by both the methodologies used in the study. Mathematical problem solving ability and the interaction effect between the method of teaching and sex are factors which relate to student performance, but students instructed in metric measures plus conversion and students instructed in metric measures without conversion demonstrate similar improvement in ability to perform tasks in metric measures. (GR)
Descriptors: Achievement, Doctoral Dissertations, General Science, Grade 7, Instruction, Mathematics, Measurement, Problem Solving, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Teaching Methods
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