ERIC Number: ED186271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Validation of Three Instructional Modes With Conservers and Nonconservers of Length Using Linear Metric Measurement.
Smith, Susan R.; And Others
This study attempted to gather empirical evidence to guide educators in their teaching of linear measurement to primary school children. It attempted to answer the question "What modes of instruction are most effective for teaching linear measurement concepts to conservers and nonconservers of length?" (as defined by Jean Piaget), using a nine-item test designed by the investigators, and various modes of instruction (as defined by Jerome Bruner). The authors report that: (1) primary pupils can learn to measure with non-standard and standard units of length; (2) iterative measurement is a difficult concept for them; (3) the manipulative mode is more effective than the graphic and symbolic modes; and (4) conservation measures and I.Q. measures seem to overlap in their effect on learning. (Author/SA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (53rd, Boston, MA, April 11-13, 1980).