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ERIC Number: ED393674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Pages: 147
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An Investigation into a Problem-Solving Strategy for Indefinite Integration and Its Effect on Test Scores of General Calculus Students.
Kallam, Linda G.; Kallam, Michael
Problem solving in mathematics incorporates abstract thinking skills, number logic skills, and a nearly endless list of other factors. One problem-solving task required in university-level mathematics courses is integration. This study investigated instructor presentation of a specific problem-solving strategy and whether it impacted performance on integration tasks of (n=95) students in college-level general calculus. Findings showed: (1) Instruction in a problem-solving strategy for integration tasks benefited those subjects receiving this instruction when it was paired with traditional instruction as opposed to those subjects who received traditional instruction only; (2) Females tended to benefit more from the treatment instruction than did males; and (3) Long-term retention of integration tasks was no better among those receiving the problem-solving strategy instruction. Appendices contain lesson plans for control and experimental groups, pre- and post-tests, the "integration" module, and statistical analyses. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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