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Meta -analysis of mathematics instruction with young children


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

A meta-analytic methodology was used to synthesize 29 intervention studies in the area of mathematics conducted from 1977 to 2003 with preschool or kindergarten children. A total of 1845 students were identified as participants in these 29 studies. On average, the mean weighted effect size for the difference between the experimental and control groups was .467. A combination of direct and guided instruction was the most beneficial instructional approach followed by guided instruction. In addition, interventions including controlling task difficulty, additional explanations provided about taught concepts, sequencing activities, and small group games showed larger effect sizes than interventions not including these techniques. The magnitude of mean weighted effect size was lower for skill-specific than for standardized measures of math performance. Weighted regression analyses indicated that such variables as the year of publication, sample size, whether a study was published or not, length of treatment, age, type of the control group, type of design, type of population employed, and percentage of attrition did not predict effect size estimates. Implications of the findings and future directions in this field are discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mathematics education;
Early childhood education;
Educational psychology;
Developmental psychology
Classification
0280: Mathematics education
0518: Early childhood education
0525: Educational psychology
0620: Developmental psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; Effect sizes; Mathematics instruction; Meta-analysis; Training studies; Young children
Title
Meta -analysis of mathematics instruction with young children
Author
Malofeeva, Elena V.
Number of pages
140
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0165
Source
DAI-A 69/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549435006
Advisor
Day, Jeanne D.
University/institution
University of Notre Dame
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3299162
ProQuest document ID
305394975
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305394975
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