ERIC Number: ED053983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
The Diagnosis and Remediation of Mathematical Skills for Prospective Elementary School Teachers. Final Report.
Schwartz, Lita L.; And Others
Investigated was the development of a diagnostic and individualized remedial program for prospective elementary teachers in the area of mathematical skills. Subjects were 120 students in the pre-methods course on number systems during the Winter and Spring 1971 terms at the Ogontz Campus, Pennsylvania State University. All subjects were given a series of tests prior to beginning the course, and were retested with the same tests at the end of the course. Students scoring below criterion on the pre-test diagnostic test were randomly assigned to an experimental group for remedial treatment or to a control group. Post-testing revealed an increase in diagnostic scores, some improvement in self-evaluation, and an improvement in attitude scores. However, no significant differences in test score gains were found between the experimental and the control groups. Because students in the experimental group attended the remedial clinic in very irregular patterns, the investigator concludes that test gains were not related to the experimental treatment. It was found possible to diagnose arithmetic deficiencies and to prescribe appropriate remedial treatment, although carrying through the remediation program posed several problems. Appended are facsimiles of test materials utilized. (JG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.