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ERIC Number: ED106131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 9
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The Effect of Teaching the Volume Formula for a Rectangular Solid (v = 1 x w x h) on the Level of Conservation of Volume of Fifth Grade Subjects.
Fabricant, Mona
This study was designed to assess the effects of teaching the concept of interior volume, and methods of computing this volume, on the ability of fith-grade students to conserve volume. Conservation of volume was measured by an instrument developed by Lovell and Ogilvie. Instruction was in a mode compatible with the majority of elementary textbooks. Fifty-eight fifth-grade students were paired on the basis of age, sex, and responses to pretest questions. One member of each pair was randomly assigned to instruction on volume; the other received an equivalent amount of instruction on an unrelated topic. After instruction a posttest was administered; one month later a retention test was given. Results of the experiment indicated that instruction on volume did not affect conservation by those students who gave non-conservation responses on the pretest; 50 percent of these students could reproduce the volume formula on the posttest, but less than half of these showed retention. Students who were able to conserve volume were all able to calculate volumes on the posttest, but only one-third of them retained this ability. (SD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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