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Degree Name

Master of Science

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Constantly we are seeking new ways to add spice to those necessary phases of learning needed to develop skill and competency in various subject-matter areas.

The problem of this study is concerned with an investigation of literature to discover factors related to solving problems in reading matter in order to help a Fifth Grade class of A. G. Hilliard Elementary School increase their ability to solve these kind of problems.

Most children at this level can do problem-solving with isolated facts or units, yet when they meet the same facts or units stated as content subject matter they have serious difficulty. Therefore, this study is designed to reveal information which can be of value as a means of increasing success through finding the answers to these questions: (1) What basic concepts should be developed? (2) What materials of Instruction are needed? (3) What are some of the possible causes of difficulty in solving problems? (4) What should be the nature of a program for developing facility in problem-solving? (5) How can we evaluate teaching and learnings gained?

Teachers have the professional opportunity (1) to seek to understand the problem-solver; (2) to enrich the curriculum; (3) to provide resource materials; (h) to offer motivating and helpful instruction; and (5) to accept problem-solving as a logical method in thinking and acting that can be applied in all areas of the curriculum with suggestions from this study.


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View




Title page through page IV were torn from Thesis.


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