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ERIC Number: ED086532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 46
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The Relationship of the Ability to Conserve on Piagetian Tasks to Achievement in Mathematics.
Rohr, Judith Ann Green
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the relationship between the acquisition of conservation skills and achievement in mathematics. The conservation skills measured were numbered, mass, area and volume. Mathematics achievement was measured by the Computation, Concepts, Problem-Solving and Total Mathematics scores on the Metropolitan Achievement Test, Primary II Battery, Form F. The subjects were 21 male and 21 female third-grade students selected randomly from three elementary schools in Putnam County, Tennessee. Simple t-tests were used to compare the achievement scores of those who successfully completed each individually-administered conservation task to those who did not conserve. Conservers of area scored significantly higher than non-conservers on concepts, problem-solving and total mathematics. Conservers of volume scored significantly higher than non-conservers on all four of the mathematics achievement measures. The number of conservation tasks successfully completed was compared to mathematics achievement scores with a correlation ratio (ETA). All F ratios for eta were significant. It was found that conservation skills do relate to achievement in mathematics in the 42 third-grade students investigated. The more advanced conservation skills, however, appear to relate more directly than the elementary ones. (Author/JP)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Tennessee