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ERIC Number: ED107500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 93
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The Ability of Sixth Grade Students to Associate Mathematical Terms With Related Algorithms.
Ebeling, David George
The "modern mathematics" curriculum places considerably more emphasis on the use of precise terminology when referring to properties of whole numbers than did previous curricula. The relationship between the ability to make these verbal associations and other aspects of mathematics achievement of sixth graders is investigated in this study A Mathematics Vocabulary Test was developed, pilot-tested, and reviewed by mathematics educators. The final 36-item form was then administered to 1,094 sixth graders in 19 randomly selected Indiana schools. Test results were analyzed on the basis of five variables: (1) vertical or horizontal presentation of the algorithms, (2) normal or inverse order in writing the algorithm, (3) textbook used, (4) sex, and (5) standardized mathematics achievement test scores. The mean score on the test was 16.66 items or 46 percent. Scores on this test correlated positively with standardized achievement test scores. There was a significant difference (p less than .05) favoring scores on algorithms in normal order, but no effect for horizontal vs. vertical presentation. There were no differences observed on the basis of sex, but there was a significant difference between two of the four textbooks used by students in the sample. (Author/SD)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University