ERIC Number: ED128230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Interviews with Students of High Confidence and Low Achievement. Mathematics Education Diagnostic and Instructional Centre (MEDIC) Report No. 5-76.
A previous study had confirmed that a substantial number of low achievers in grades 5 through 8 had high algorithmic confidence in each of the four arithmetic operations with whole numbers. The purpose of the present study was to follow up the results through interviewing low achievement-high confidence students in order to ascertain if they believed in their high confidence and to discover their reason(s). The test used in the previous study was administered to all 126 students in grades 5, 6, and 7 of one school and 19 students were selected to be interviewed personally. The interview consisted of re-administering of the confidence test on all four operations and retesting, as well as questioning each subject on some of the items of an operation in which he was high in confidence, but low in achievement. Results showed that the confidence test appeared to give a consistent measure of the students' confidence. Students interviewed did believe in their high confidence. The report closes with a list of ten reasons given by students for their high confidence. (DT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement, Algorithms, Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Low Achievement, Mathematics Education, Research, Student Characteristics, Whole Numbers
Mathematics Education Diagnostic and Instructional Centre (MEDIC), Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, 2075 Wesbrook Place, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1W5, Canada
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Faculty of Education.
Note: For related documents, see SE 021 336-337; Report from the Richmond Project (ORACLE)