Psychology of learning mathematics
PLM - Notes - 8/2/00
Notes on tests - 8/2/00
I want to test mathematical attainment against divergent ability.
Asking gender will make results useful for the next module (Gender in
Ask if testees would like to help in future. (Paul M. - how did he word
Hudson tests bias.
- Mathematical attainment Grade in GCSE Maths, Grade in A Level
- Divergent thinking.
- position in class? -ve, not an absolute measure.
- Bias? Position div. vs. con. thinking. -ve, requires
- Generally, IQ tests are split into verbal, numerical,
and spatial tests. Divergent abilities may be similarly
split (Guilford). Will a test of verbal divergence say
anything about numerical divergence.
Possible tests (From Guilford)
divergent tests - 15mins each
- Sketches: page of circles (p.140) Unrelated to maths
- DSR Number Combinations? (p.146)
- DSI Symbol Elaboration (p.159, also in Orton)
- Brick uses (p.145) - Hudson used 5 test words in fifteen
- Multiple grouping test (p.146) - Relates to
classification problem. Some with biology others without.
(Note - descent classification vs. bioenergetic
classifications - i.e. autotrophs vs. heterotrophs; chemo-,
litho-, photo-, etc. Especially bacteria. Behavioural and
Timing tests - tests on separate papers with table numbers.
numeric, verbal and spatial
48/50, 34/50, 46/50
Multiple classifications (Guilford & Hoepfner, 1966, "", Multiv. Behav. Res.
, 1, 43-64)
Guilford's example: (1967, p.146)
From the list of words on the left, make some small subclasses of objects:
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