The Effect of the Touch Math Method on Student Achievement: an Experimental Study


Denise Long

Date of Graduation

Summer 1987


Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education


Childhood Education and Family Studies

Committee Chair

Darrell Roubinek


This study was undertaken to determine if the Touch Math method of instruction would have an effect upon the mathematical achievement of third grade students. Two intact classrooms were used in the study, one receiving the Touch Math method of instruction along with traditional assignments and the other receiving only traditional instructions. The Swassing-Barbe Modality Index was administered to the experimental group in this study. The Stanford Achievement Test was administered to both the experimental group and the control group. Results from the achievement test using analysis of covariance displayed a .0447 level of significance. This indicated that a significant difference existed between the two groups, but only in the area of subtraction. There was not a significant difference in the areas of addition and multiplication. There was no significant difference between males and females in math computational skills. There was a significant difference in dominant auditory and dominant visual learners. The analysis of covariance displayed a .0298 level of significance. The auditory learners achieved significantly higher than the visual learners in addition, but not in subtraction or multiplication.

Subject Categories

Elementary Education and Teaching


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