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ERIC Number: ED077750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 307
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An Examination, Across a Wide Range of Socioeconomic Circumstance, of a Format for Field Research of Experimental Numerical Computation Algorithms, an Instrument for Measuring Computational Power Under Any Concise Numerical Addition Algorithm, and the Differential Effects of Short Term Instruction in Two Experimental . . . . . .
Hutchings, Lloyd Benjamin
Individual fifth grade classrooms in five schools of differing socioeconomic levels were used in a study to analyze the reaction of the school to the experimental format, the adequacy of the test instrument, and the differential effects of the experimental treatments. Students were instructed in one of two experimental addition algorithms, practiced with the conventional algorithm, or were exposed to no treatment. Findings showed that one of the experimental algorithms produced a quick, strong increase in computational power, that conventional practice caused significantly less improvement than the first algorithm, that non-treatment had little effect, and that the alternate experimental algorithm was debilitating. The test instrument was shown to be valid and reliable. Reaction to the format was sharply divided by socioeconomic groups, with the upper-middle class groups responding positively and the disadvantaged groups responding negatively. (Author/DT)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Syracuse University