ERIC Number: ED166261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Project: Evaluation Report 1977-78.
House, Peggy A.
Fifty-seven outstanding students, grades seven to nine, entered the first or second year of the Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Project. First year students earned credit for two years of high school algebra in one year; second year students earned high school credit for either transformational or traditional geometry and trigonometry. Classes met weekly after school for thirty weeks. The search for participants was only partially successful because fewer then one-third of the schools in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area were represented. The selection criteria, based on the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) were significant predictors of algebra achievement but not of geometry and trigonometry achievement. No sex differences in achievement were noted, but girls had a high attrition rate during and after the first year. Although no conclusions could be drawn about attitude change after several administrations of the Mathematics Attitude Inventory, there was a preliminary indication that attitude was related to future mathematics goals. In responding to the Learning Environment Inventory, a classroom climate measure, pupils viewed the program as difficult, goal-directed, and organized. First year graduates who elected not to return cited several benefits of the program: a one to two year advancement in math; the experience of challenge; and a heightened interest in math. (CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: School and College Ability Tests