ERIC Number: ED070662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Performance of First Grade Students on a Nonstandard Set of Measurement Tasks.
Carpenter, Thomas P.
First-grade students' understanding of several basic measurement processes was examined. Twenty randomly selected students from five first-grade classes in two different schools were individually examined on 11 measurement tasks. Seven of the tasks were adapted from items reported in the Gal'perin and Georgiev study, designed to test understanding of the unit of measure; four additional tasks required students to respond strictly on the basis of numerical clues. Students had difficulty with the tasks, which seemed to be the result of inability to conserve, inexperience with the specific measurement operations, and an ambiguity in several of the items. Findings showed that students did not have a stable concept of measurement and were not able to appreciate the value of a constant unit of measure, that there was little transfer between tasks, that tasks involving unequal quantities were easier than similar tasks involving equal quantities, and that numerical cues were almost as strong as physical cues in certain conservation tasks. (Author/DT)
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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.