ERIC Number: ED071923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
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A Technique for Studying the Organization of Mathematics Text Materials. Final Report.
Kane, Robert B.; Holz, Alan W.
The validity and the reliability of a technique for identifying and studying presentation variables in mathematics texts were investigated in this study. A category system for classifying messages in mathematics texts in terms of mathematical content and processes and in terms of mode of representation, procedures for applying this system to texts, and a method for analyzing the information collected through these techniques were developed. Sections of twelve textbooks ranging from grade levels four through twelve as well as six pairs of contrived passages were analyzed using these methods. Results showed that this type of analysis can be used to describe the nature of the presentation in mathematics text passages, that through these methods data are provided on variables which statistically differentiate among textbooks, and that there were no significant differences between groups of raters using this technique to analyze the textbooks. (Author/DT)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Purdue Research Foundation, Lafayette, IN.