ERIC Number: EJ930106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
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A Comparison of Performance in Solving Arithmetical Word Problems by Children with Different Levels of Achievement in Mathematics and Reading
Reikeras, Elin K. L.
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v1 n3 p49-72 Spr 2009
Performance in consistent arithmetical word problems was assessed in 941 pupils aged eight (N = 415), ten (N = 274), and thirteen (N = 252) classified in four achievement groups by standardised achievement tests: low achievement in both mathematics and reading (MLRL), in mathematics only (ML-only), in reading only (RL-only), and normal achievement in both (NA). Both the MLRL and ML-only groups performed below the two other groups. On the easiest tasks at the lowest age levels the MLRL-group displayed weaker results than the ML-only group, otherwise they performed at the same level. The RL-only pupils performed at the same level as the NA-group at age 8 and 10, but below the NA-group at age 13. The findings can indicate that reading ability does not interfere with the performance on the word problems as much as general mathematical ability.
Descriptors: Age Differences, Mathematics Achievement, Low Achievement, Achievement Tests, Reading Ability, Word Problems (Mathematics), Students, Problem Solving, Arithmetic, Reading Achievement, Elementary School Mathematics
Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Web site: http://www.unlv.edu/RCML
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A