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ERIC Number: ED079081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 144
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Mathematical Problem-Solving's Mathelation Component Related to Achievement, Attitude, Critical Thinking in Prospective Elementary Teachers.
Fisher, Nancy Capozzolo
An aspect of problem solving ability was identified by the investigator as "mathelation" and was defined to be the ability to translate and to fit idealized real-world problem situations into appropriate mathematical expressions or models. The study involved three phases: (1) the construction and validation of an instrument to measure mathelation; (2) an investigation of the correlation between mathelation and critical thinking ability, mathematics achievement, attitude toward mathematics, and high school and college mathematics background; and (3) a modified case-study analysis of high and low achievers in mathelation. The test was judged to be valid and was given to 103 prospective elementary school teachers. Results showed that mathelation correlated highly with mathematics achievement (.681) moderately with critical thinking ability (.499), but lower with attitude (.311) and high school (.390) and college (.328) mathematics backgrounds. Results of the modified case study on 19 of the subjects confirmed the existing correlations of achievement and critical thinking with mathelation. (Author/DT)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University