ERIC Number: ED348662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Word Problems: Comprehending the Problem in Fourth Grade.
Doby, Janice K.
A practicum addressed the inability of fourth-grade students to successfully solve mathematics word problems due to poor comprehension of and negative attitude toward problem solving. A problem solving improvement program designed primarily around the writing process used in language arts instruction was implemented. The steps of this process include pre-writing, writing, conference, revision, and publication. A student-created mathematics game was an end product of the program. Direct instruction and fun activities on the various properties of word problems, organizing information, determining relevance, and drawing conclusions was also a component of the program. Lessons were designed to be of high interest and fun, helping to create a more positive attitude toward problem solving. Results indicated increased levels of achievement and positive affective changes for the target group of 25 students. (One table of data is included. Appendixes include the pretest and posttest, the word problem attitude survey, and student data. Sample student assignments are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.