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ERIC Number: EJ851669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
An Analysis of Word Problems in School Mathematics Texts: Operation of Addition and Subtraction
Singh, Parmjit
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v29 n1 p41-61 Jun 2006
This paper discusses the types of word problems represented in Malaysia's primary one, primary two and primary three mathematics texts based on Van De Walle's model (1998) in the operations of addition and subtraction. A test was constructed to measure students' success based on this model. The data from this study indicates that the Malaysian mathematics texts used in primary one, primary two and primary three do not represent the distribution of this classification in a systematic manner. There is an over emphasis on certain categories while some of the categories are minimally represented and one category has no representation at all. The data from the achievement test indicates generally that children across the grades obtained lower scores on word problems that were under represented in the mathematics texts. (Contains 6 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia