Ability Identification, Kindergarten Children, Mathematics, Measurement Instruments, Pilot Projects, Predictive Measurement, Primary Education, and Test Construction
The development, administration, results of administration, and limitations and problems of the Comprehensive Mathematics Inventory (CMI) are discussed. The CMI is an instrument for assessing mathematics competencies of children prior to or at the instance of entering school. In a pilot test of the CMI, 727 children in their first full week of school were administered the 200-item inventory. The items are included in subtests concerning number, money, measurement, pattern identification, recall, vocabulary, and geometry, in addition to which there are six open ended items. Results of the testing showed that the sample varied considerably in knowledge and skill, and point up the need for flexible, informal programs for beginning instruction. (DB)
National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi (India). Dept. of Curriculum and Evaluation.
Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Mathematics, Instruction, Instructional Materials, Learning, Mathematics, Objectives, Secondary School Mathematics, Surveys, Textbooks, and India
This curriculum project in general mathematics was planned in order to study syllabuses of the elementary and high school curriculum under the following broad categories: (1) objectives of education and mathematics, (2) arrangement of the content, the duration of the course and the achievement expected in each topic, and (3) objectives of education at the primary and the middle level. One of the reports is an analysis of 43 books in elementary mathematics that are in use in various states of the country. The purpose of this study was to obtain an analytical opinion from the teachers about the textbooks in actual use for teaching elementary mathematics. This information was classified according to general information, general organization of the textbooks, subject matter, style of writing, pictorial and graphic illustrations, and objectives. The second report is an analysis of a limited survey of 30 schools selected from four states of India. The purpose of this study was to determine the current teaching-learning practices followed by teachers and students in the study of elementary mathematics. A factual account of what was observed in classes by the investigators and reported by teachers and students during interviews is reported for the following areas: (1) motivation, (2) continuity, (3) teaching new concepts, (4) problem solving, (5) individual and group work, (6) homework, and (7) teaching aids. (RP)
International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education, v9 n4 p926-933 Dec 2020. 8 pp.
Game Based Learning, Mathematics, Graphs, Instructional Effectiveness, Computer Science Education, Questioning Techniques, and College Freshmen
Dijkstra algorithm is important to be understood because of its many uses. However, understanding it is challenging. Various methods to teach and learn had been researched, with mixed results. The study proposes question-led approach of the algorithm in a game-based learning context. The game designed based on an existing game model, developed and tested by students. Pre- and post-game tests compared and game feedback survey analysed. Results showed that students' performance in graph data structure Dijkstra algorithm improved after playing the game where post-test mark was higher than pre-test. Game feedback were mostly positive, with areas of improvement. Students may use the game as a learning tool for self-regulated learning. Educators may get some ideas on how to design teaching tool using question-led approach.