ERIC Number: ED076423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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Developing Mathematical Materials for Student's Cognitive Style.
Peterson, John C.; Hancock, Robert R.
Efforts to create instructional materials which would be cognitively appealing to students demonstrating aptitude for figurally, verbally, or symbolically oriented materials are described. Students enrolled in preservice freshman level mathematics content courses for prospective elementary school teachers were given a battery of tests designed to measure their figural, semantic (verbal), and symbolic aptitudes; they then studied a short unit on network tracing that supposedly was written in the figural, verbal, or symbolic mode. Criterion variables were scores on tests of immediate retention, retention after one week, and retention after four weeks. Analysis showed that students with high figural aptitude did significantly better on the figural lesson than did students with low figural aptitudes. High verbal and high symbolic subjects did not perform significantly higher on the figural lesson than did low verbal and low symbolic students respectively. There were corresponding results for the verbal lesson. No definitive results were derived from the symbolic lesson. (Author/DT)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1973