ERIC Number: ED266025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Skills for Solving Word Problems: Testing and Teaching Them. A Progress Report of a Project Being Conducted at South Dakota State University.
Steinley, Gary; Vandever, Jan
A project is described that provides explicit instruction on the skills necessary for solving word problems. An informal inventory of such skills is being developed, intended for diagnostic use. It contains six sections, each keyed to the problem-solving skills of understanding the problem, representing the unknown, writing the equation, and solving the equation. In Fall 1985, a draft of the inventory was given to 130 students at South Dakota State University enrolled in two mathematics courses. Results indicated the skills on which students needed work. In addition, a pre/post test on problem solving was designed for use in future experiments. It was administered to 105 students; internal consistency estimates ranged from .63 to .65 for the two forms. Comments are included on the test as a whole and on particular items. Revision will continue. The inventory and tests are appended. (MNS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Jackson Hole, WY, October 10-12, 1985).