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Master of Science

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Arithmetic is one of man's greatest tools, in every phase of life. It is used Without arithmetic, man would not have been able to advance as fast or as far as he has. It is one of the most important tools that every capable person should learn to operate.

Never before in history have so many people used so much arithmetic in their daily lives, Arithmetic is the cornerstone of mathematics; therefore, it is one of the major responsibilities of the elementary teacher to supply the children with a proper foundation in arithmetic.

Arithmetic is a system of thought, the ability to reason and think Mueller has stated that "Its concepts have been originated, shaped and improved upon by man to aid him in his struggle with quantitative problems posed by his environment.

Statement of the problem. The purpose of this study was (1) to evaluate the progress of an academically talented group of twenty-eight fourth-grade pupils in arithmetic computation and reasoning from April of 1963, to March of 1964, and (2) to determine the extent to which recent teaching methods may be used to increase the progress of these pupils.

Importance of the study. This study was of importance in that the twenty-eight academically talented children of the fourth grade at Lamar Elementary School, Port Arthur, Texas, were progressing at approximately the same achievement level as other children who were not members of a talented. group. This study is also of importance in that the proper development of arithmetic skills will enhance the child's ability in sound mathematics which is the backbone of our national economy. This development of skill in mathematics will enable the child to take his place as a leader in our economic world in the future.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Carl C. Weems

Committee Member

Carl C. Weems


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View




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