ERIC Number: ED142415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics Reading Ability. SMESG Working Paper No. 1.
Begle, E. G.
Examined was the importance of the ability to read mathematical prose to the learning of mathematics by fifth graders. Early in the fall, a battery of instruments was administered; these included a computation test of division, four simple geometric questions, some non-routine problems, and an arithmetic reasoning test. A week later a reading test which utilized the Cloze procedure was administered. Near the middle of the school year a battery parallel to the pretest was given. Tests were scored and submitted to regression analysis. Results indicated that the best predictor of computation ability at midyear was computation at the beginning of the year; a similar relationship was observed for problem-solving ability. The ability to read mathematical prose contributed substantially to problem-solving ability and less so (but significantly) to computation. Copies of the tests and statistical tables are appended. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Mathematics Education Study Group.
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