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Souviney, Randall J. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1983

For 201 students in grades two, four, and six at five sites in Papua New Guinea, trial mathematical materials were used for six weeks. Achievement varied significantly among sites. Problem-solving skills were poor; computation, measurement, and mathematical language were superior to previous results. Locally developed textbooks were suggested.…

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

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Clarkson, Philip – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1983

Interviews were used to find the frequency of different types of errors made by 95 sixth-year Papua New Guinea students on a mathematics test. The general trend was the same as for western students, but the Papua New Guinea students made far fewer careless errors. (MNS)

Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Error Patterns

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Lean, Glendon A.; And Others – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1990

Investigated were Australian and Papua New Guinean elementary school children's strategies and errors on arithmetic word problems. Reports that (1) the two samples showed similar strategies and similar errors and (2) the main variable determining difficulty was the semantic structure of the questions. (YP)

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

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Jones, Peter L. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1982

Students in Papua, New Guinea were given a test in which the words more and less were used in different contexts. Half the pupils studied had English as their first language; for the other half English was a second language. Study results of pupil errors suggested serious educational implications. (MP)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Language Handicaps, Learning Theories