ERIC Number: ED108904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Training Inner City Elementary School Teachers to Base Mathematics Instruction on Students' Interests.
Mayberry, Claude Antonio, Jr.
The two major questions investigated in this study concern changes in achievement when mathematics instruction is based on students' interests, and changes of students' attitudes toward the mathematics courses when they receive this type of instruction. Six fifty-grade classes, identified by school principals as the lowest achievers in four Harlem schools, were included in this study. All subjects were pre-tested on an interest inventory, an attitude measure, and the Stanford Diagnostic Arithmetic Test. The last two of these instruments were also used as posttests. Classroom observation served as an additional source of data. Treatment consisted of teaching mathematics using supplementary materials based on students' interests as indicated in the interest inventory. After eight weeks of treatment, the average increases in grade level were .85 for concept development and .18 for computational skills. There were some changes in attitude toward mathematics. The author recommends that curriculum planners for inner-city schools pay more attention to students' interests when developing mathematics curricula, and that attention be devoted to in-service training of teachers in how to develop and use materials based on students' interests. (SD)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Instruction, Mathematics Education, Research, Student Interests, Teacher Education
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University