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ERIC Number: ED076414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 27
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Geometric Problem Solving Abilities of Children in the Primary Grades.
Bright, George W.
The problem investigated was the analysis of a complex figure by identifying simpler figures embedded in it. The primary goal was to determine the level of sophistication of analysis employed by children in the primary grades; a secondary goal was to determine if students could be led to expand their analyses. Drawings and problems were prepared by the experimenter. Fifteen students were randomly selected from seven-to-ten year old summer school students; average age was 8.1 years. Each student was interviewed individually. Results showed that subjects almost universally failed to identify overlapping figures, that the subjects seemed to employ search techniques and that these techniques were most frequently used by older students, that there was a lack of statistical relationship between age and problem solving ability, and that limited instruction was somewhat effective. (DT)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Houston, Texas, April 1973