ERIC Number: ED145007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Mathematical Cognitive Structures of Junior High Students Educated in the United States and of Those Recently Arrived from Hong Kong, an Exploratory Study.
This is an exploratory study comparing the mathematical cognitive structure of a group of junior high students educated in the United States with that of a group of students recently arrived from Hong Kong. The word association technique was employed to retrieve the mathematical cognitive structures from both groups of students. The word association data were subsequently converted to two dimensional graphical representations by the multidimensional scaling procedure. The results of the two dimensional graphical representations indicated that the mathematical cognitive structures of the two groups of students were different. The difference between the mathematics curricula of the United States and Hong Kong was suggested as the possible cause for the difference in the mathematical cognitive structures. It is suggested that this study be replicated with other ethnic groups for immediate application to bilingual education programs. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Tests, Comparative Analysis, Junior High School Students, Mathematical Concepts, Secondary Education
Asian American Bilingual Center, 2168 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Berkeley Unified School District, CA. Asian American Bilingual Center.
Identifiers - Location: California (Oakland); Hong Kong; United States