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Caribbean Journal of Education

Knowledge of Basic Geometrical Concepts among Jamaican Schoolchildren

Publication Date: 
January 1982

A survey was done to assess the level of knowledge of elementary geometrical concepts (primarily recognition of basic shapes and knowledge of their properties) among Grade 5 students in upper and lower streams and Grade 9 students in selective and non-selective schools in Kingston, Jamaica. The test instrument was also administered to groups at the same educational levels in West Germany. The results suggest that Jamaican students in selective classes have, on the whole, a satisfactory knowledge of elementary geometry but that students in non-selective classes are performing well below their potential. Specific strengths and weaknesses are identified for each group of students and an increased emphasis on geometry teaching in primary schools is recommended.

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