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ERIC Number: ED080296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 145
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An Analysis of the Relationship Between Certain Mathematics Skills and Chemistry Achievement.
Denny, Rita Taylor
This study investigated the mathematical skills required for high school chemistry. Ten skills were identified from an analysis of recently-published tests. Items testing these skills in three operationally defined levels of difficulty were first written and validated by a panel of experts. The 91-item preliminary form of the Mathematics Skill Test (MAST) was then administered to 128 first-year chemistry students and item analyzed. The final form of 60 items was administered to 276 first-year chemistry students and found to have an overall reliability of .96 (KR 20); subscales for each skill and each level had reliabilities between .88 and .96. In this sample, 242 students also took the ACS-NSTA High School Chemistry Test, from which a chemistry-calculation subscore was obtained. Correlations between the MAST subscores and the ACS subscore ranged between .63 and .82. Rather than assume the student has the mathematical knowledge prerequisite for success in chemistry, MAST can thus be used as a valid means of discerning the student's needs. (MM)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania