ERIC Number: ED065315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Evaluation of Patterns in Arithmetic in Grades 1-4, 1970-71: Effects on Teachers.
Marshall, J. Laird; Fischbach, Thomas J.
A large-scale, summative, comparative evaluation of "Patterns in Arithmetic (PIA)", a modern televised arithmetic curriculum for grades one through six, was carried out in grades one through four in both rural and urban schools during the 1970-71 school year. This report deals with the ways in which PIA affects teachers: in basic mathematical knowledge, knowledge of PIA-specific content, and attitudes toward teaching arithmetic. Findings indicate that PIA can be used effectively as in-service education, particularly for those teachers with relatively lower initial knowledge of the basic mathematics which underlies a contemporary elementary school mathematics program. PIA does not seem to change teachers' attitudes, however; nor is it beneficial in increasing knowledge of concepts not specifically related to PIA. These results seem to hold equally for both rural and urban schools. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.