ERIC Number: ED401120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-4
Children's Mathematical Learning.
The purpose of this research was to determine the effects of two different elementary mathematics programs on student learning. The subjects, third-grade students in two schools, were matched by socio-economic background and teacher experience. Students in each school were exposed to a different mathematics program since kindergarten--a skills based program and a concept based program. Data included observations of students' mathematical learning, journals of student writing, and class averaged standardized test data. Quantitative results indicate that both groups learned mathematics skills equally well but the concept instructed class outperformed the skill instructed class in problem solving. Qualitative results suggest that the skill instructed class liked mathematics and correctly used computation algorithms in their journal entries. The students used words and numbers to express ideas but did not use inferencing to draw conclusions. The concept instructed class often used mathematical language to express ideas that were based on prior knowledge and also consistently used inferencing to draw conclusions. Contains 17 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Detroit Lakes, MN, October 4, 1996).