ERIC Number: ED321881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Developing Problem Solving Skills in Kindergarten through Selected Strategies.
Over a l0-week period, an elementary school teacher designed and implemented a practicum study intended to help a target group of 24 kindergartners develop crucial mathematical problem-solving skills and to prepare them for taking the Stanford Achievement Test. The objective was addressed through implementation of direct instruction, modeling, role playing, manipulatives, and cooperative grouping strategies. It was expected that students would acquire the ability to listen and respond to simple oral directions and oral mathematical story problems, complete simple patterns, write addition and subtraction number sentences for story problems, and interpret and solve simple addition and subtraction application problems. A mastery criterion of 80 percent was set for each objective. Practicum evaluation data indicated that the criterion was not met on any of the objectives. It was concluded that students demonstrated positive attitudes toward mathematics application activities at the end of the study. Appendices provide sample surveys, an analysis of student progress, pre- and post-test results, and sample activity sheets. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University.