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ERIC Number: ED044243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-8
Pages: 27
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Improving Mathematics Verbal Problem Solving Ability Through Reading Instruction.
Henney, Maribeth
The effect of special instruction in certain reading skills involved in solving verbal problems was compared with the effect of supervised practice in solving verbal problems on the improvement of verbal problem-solving ability of 179 fourth graders. The sample from six classes in three public elementary schools in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was divided into two groups. The special instruction treatment group received 18 lessons of instruction in reading verbal problems, and the supervised study group solved verbal problems using whatever method they wished. Children in both groups improved significantly from pretest to post-test on the investigator-designed Verbal Problems Test. However, neither group resulted in significantly higher mean scores on the post-test. The girls in the special instruction group made significantly higher mean scores on the reading subtest of the post-test than did the boys in that group. No other significant differences were found between treatments, between sexes within treatments, or between sexes differentiated by treatments. The Stanford Achievement Test Reading and Mathematics subtests were also administered. Neither specific reading abilities, general reading abilities, nor computational abilities were found to be more highly correlated with verbal problem solving. References, tables, sample test items, and worksheets are included. (CL)
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Note: Paper presented at the conference of the International Reading Association, Anaheim, Cal., May 6-9, 1970