ERIC Number: ED197964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Teaching and Learning of Growth Relationships in the 6th Grade. Final Report.
Fitzgerald, William M.; Shroyer, Janet
A mathematics unit for sixth-grade classes was developed in which each of eight activities contains a challenge conveyed in the form of a story. Each activity requires students to manipulate concrete materials such as ceramic tiles, marked string, wooden cubes, and square paper. The mathematical content consists of concepts such as area, perimeter, surface area, and volume; relationships relating to growth and variability; and measuring skills such as counting and rule-governed behavior. Teachers from different types of schools and settings were selected and trained. Four were chosen to be video-taped. Data on student understanding of materials was obtained through individual assessments completed in interviews, final evaluations accomplished through written examinations, and post evaluations administered in a one-to-one setting of student and investigator. Teachers provided descriptions of their teaching experiences and their judgments of student performance. Each activity was evaluated in terms of student and teacher performance. The report contains information on development of the units, data collection procedures, and results of the study. A list of 13 conclusions provide insight into problems encountered and possible methods for improvement. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.