Thesis Title

Mathematics Page Format: Student Experience with High-and Low-Density Layouts

Graduation Date

Spring 2004

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

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Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD

Abstract

In this study, two fourth-grade classes were given the choice between two differing math page layouts. One choice was characterized by thirty problems on the page, hereafter termed "high-density" (see Appendix A). The other choice included the same problems spread out over five "low-density" (see Appendix B) pages. In two more classrooms the children were not given a choice about which format they would use to complete the math assignment. Completion times, accuracy of answers, and correlations with CAT 6 scaled scores from the previous year were examined. The participants of this study were equally likely to choose the "high-density” format instrument as to choose "low-density" format instrument. Neither participant choice nor which of the two instruments was completed, significantly effected participants' accuracy and completion times. The average of the CAT 6 scores of participants who chose the "low—density" instrument was higher than the average of the CAT 6 scores of participants who chose the "high-density" instrument. The correlations were slightly higher between the completion times, accuracy, and CAT 6 scores on the work of participants using the "low-density" instrument.

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