ERIC Number: ED482957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Does "Part-Whole Concept" Understanding Correlate with Success in Basic Math Classes?
Steinke, Dorothea Arne
This study investigates student understanding of the part-whole concept in mathematics at an independent two-year post-secondary institution in New Mexico. The mathematics portion of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Summary Form was used as the evaluative instrument. Evidence for a lack of part-whole concept understanding as a hidden cause of innumeracy is reported. Data shows a trend of a higher final grade corresponding to better part-whole understanding at the start of the course. In light of this evidence, it is concluded that direct instruction of the part-whole concept should be part of adult basic math and algebra classes. (SOE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Adults Learning Mathematics Conference (8th, Roskilde, Denmark, June 28-30, 2001).