Title page for ETD etd-10272004-150409

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Komatsu, Chisato
URN etd-10272004-150409
Title The Importance of Fluent Component Skills in Mathematical Comprehension
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Joseph Witt Committee Chair
George Noell Committee Member
Nathan Call Committee Member
  • component skills
  • fluency
  • mathematics
  • comprehension
Date of Defense 2004-10-13
Availability unrestricted
The primary question to be addressed by the present study was whether fluency on component skills is important in the development of overall competency in mathematics. Reading fluency has served as an excellent predictor of one’s reading comprehension. However, few studies have investigated whether the fluency on component skills is essential in the development of overall competency in mathematics. In fact, there has been a push for instructional strategies to deemphasize the importance component skills. In the current study, 140 students in second- through fourth- grade classrooms from general education participated. Each student took three curriculum-based measurement probes (a single-skill mathematical computation probe, multiple-skill mathematical computation probes and maze reading passages), a mathematical reasoning probe, the Big Ideas probe and the Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test, Fourth Edition. Results of the six assessments were compared to determine if a fluency in component skills will adequately predict students’ mathematical comprehension. Results demonstrated that the fluent component skills are in fact highly related to students’ mathematics comprehension.
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