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Title: A suggested programme for developing 4th year primary pupils’ performance in Mathematical word problems in Kuwait
Authors: Almansouri, Meshal B
Advisors: Watts, DM
Leslie, D
Keywords: Kuwait education;Mathematics teaching;Arab countries;Mathematics anxiety;Teaching factors
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University School of Sport and Education PhD Theses
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect of using a suggested mathematical word-problem training programme on Primary 4 pupils' performance in mathematical word-problems. The study had a pre-post control group design. A treatment and a no-treatment group were exposed to pre-post methods of gathering data (a mathematical word-problem achievement test and a mathematical word-problem attitude scale). The treatment group was given direct and explicit training on how to solve mathematical word-problems, while the pupils of the no-treatment group received no such training; they were taught the same material they study at school. A "t" test was used to compare the means of scores of the control group pupils and those of the experimental group in the pre-post measurements. Results of the study revealed a significant improvement in the experimental group pupils’ performance in mathematical word-problems because they had attended the suggested programme. Results also revealed that experimental group subjects' attitudes towards mathematical word-problems underwent an exceptional change because they had attended the suggested programme. Their attitudes towards mathematical word-problems became more positive than before. In the light of the results of the study, some recommendations were made for improving mathematics teacher training programmes, for mathematics teaching, and for further research.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University.
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