ERIC Number: ED106140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
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Fast-Paced Mathematics: A Program in Curriculum Experimentation for the Mathematically Talented.
George, William C.; Denham, Susanne A.
This paper presents the results of the second class to participate in the fast-paced mathematics program begun by the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) at Johns Hopkins University. Fast-paced mathematics classes were established to meet the needs of highly gifted junior high school students. Thirty-three students participated in the program. In 108 hours of instruction, 28 class members learned Algebra II and plane geometry at a high level of achievement. Twenty-three persons completed Algebra III. In addition, 14 boys successfully completed the 4 1/2 years of pre-calculus mathematics. These students self-paced themselves through their homework and preparation for class. Class success was based on: (1) identification of qualified students through appropriately difficult tests of mathematical and non-verbal reasoning; (2) a dynamic teacher who introduced challenging material at a rapid-fire pace; and (3) voluntary participation by students. It appears that once these considerations are met the academic and social aspects of such a program will proceed "naturally," as evidenced by these two classes. (Author/SD)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Acceleration, Algebra, Geometry, Gifted, Instruction, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Research, Secondary School Mathematics
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