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Math Anxiety Interventions, Mary Jane Klips Dec 2007

Math Anxiety Interventions, Mary Jane Klips

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Understanding and mastering mathematics is necessary for students to graduate from high school, pursue higher education, and is also critical in securing and retaining employment in the field of their choice. Driven by personal experience, difficulty with material, past performance, teacher behaviors and expectations, and language barriers, among several other noted causes, math anxiety affects more and more students each year. This thesis project examines current research and interventions in order to lessen or remove math anxiety, support academic success, and rebuild student confidence in an effort to assist learners in achieving mastery in mathematics. The study group was comprised ...


The Advantages Of Class Wide Peer Tutoring In An Urban Eighth Grade Inclusion Science Class, Connie L. Arieno Dec 2007

The Advantages Of Class Wide Peer Tutoring In An Urban Eighth Grade Inclusion Science Class, Connie L. Arieno

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Class Wide Peer Tutoring (CWP) is an instructional strategy which utilizes students who are academically strong in one area, in this case science. These students have favorable behavioral characteristics which allow them to successfully tutor their peers. One eighth grade inclusion science class of 23 students from an urban middle school were divided into five groups of four students and one group of three students. Each group was assigned a student peer tutor. This tutor would assist other students in the group with the designated science activity. Weekly observations of the effects of the CWPT; student, tutor and educator surveys ...


Technology And Motivation : Can The Use Of Technology Increase Student Motivation In The Science Classroom?, Kelly M. Kinde Oct 2007

Technology And Motivation : Can The Use Of Technology Increase Student Motivation In The Science Classroom?, Kelly M. Kinde

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis project examines education and technology as they intersect in order to increase educators understanding of the use of technology as it bears on motivational factors present in today’s student population. The study explores current research regarding motivation, science education, and the use of technology in the classroom. The researcher taught students to use technology as a tool for their science learning and then used assessment measures to understand whether the use of technology in science education had any effect on their participation and motivation levels in the classroom. As part of the study, technology was utilized to ...


Parental Involvement With Homework And Third Grade Student Achievement, Staci Lynn Masseth Aug 2007

Parental Involvement With Homework And Third Grade Student Achievement, Staci Lynn Masseth

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers have been assigning homework since the first days of organized education. Homework builds responsibility and encourages practice and review of rudimentary and complex concepts and knowledge. As a means to understand and study possible improvements to student achievement, this thesis project explores the correlation between student achievement in mathematics and parental involvement in student homework and education; further the study seeks to identify successful strategies to improve grades, learning motivation and parental involvement. The research was conducted in a suburban district in Western New York State with a group of twenty third-grade students. (This study mostly targeted students who ...


The Effect Of Essential Guiding Questions On Adolescent Learning, Zachary William Abbe Aug 2007

The Effect Of Essential Guiding Questions On Adolescent Learning, Zachary William Abbe

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

What is the purpose of essential or guiding questions in a classroom setting? Do they motivate student learning or develop critical thinking skills? Do they simply review previous lessons or nurture insight into new areas and stimulate students in their academic pursuit? Some institutions have gone so far as to label themselves as Essential Schools, places where curriculum has been centered on student inquiry and exploration in selected subject areas. This thesis project explores the idea of essential questions in aiding student understanding of complex math content. The project was conducted during the fourth quarter of an academic year in ...


Rationale For And Examples Of Internet-Based, Software, And Hardware Technologies That Can Be Integrated Into The Science Classroom, Tara M. Harradine Aug 2007

Rationale For And Examples Of Internet-Based, Software, And Hardware Technologies That Can Be Integrated Into The Science Classroom, Tara M. Harradine

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The global market and workplace today demand knowledge and skills associated with technology. More often than not the responsibility to provide students with the exposure to technology is left up to the classroom teachers, whether or not the teachers themselves are experienced with it. The natural intersection of science and technology is a recognized element of science education in 21st century classrooms. This thesis project presents some of the more accessible forms of technology to understand and offer assistance to both pre-service and in-service teachers as well as suggested methods for integrating technology in a science classroom. While technology ...


Examining How Teaching Strategies Alter The Misconceptions Of Middle School Science Students, Kirsten Meyers Aug 2007

Examining How Teaching Strategies Alter The Misconceptions Of Middle School Science Students, Kirsten Meyers

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

People observe the world using their five senses; they gain understanding and draw conclusions. Sometimes these conclusions align with scientific findings but many times personal opinions are formed that are rooted in misunderstandings or misconceptions. Misconceptions in science are common in students and affect how they learn. These false understandings hinder the acquisition of new knowledge as they try to fit scientific facts into their framework of knowledge. This thesis project examines student misconceptions in science. It studies instructional lessons designed to identify student misconceptions and then alter them through student-centered instructional strategies. The study was conducted in an eighth ...


Building Conceptual Understanding And Algebraic Reasoning In Algebra, Kathryne Elisabeth Morehouse Aug 2007

Building Conceptual Understanding And Algebraic Reasoning In Algebra, Kathryne Elisabeth Morehouse

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Algebra is a mechanism through which students build necessary and applicable skills for our technologically driven society and workforce, consequently success in algebra is considered the key to increased academic achievement in mathematics in high school and upper level mathematics. This thesis project is a comprehensive study which examines algebra from a number of perspectives - cognitive science, historical development, type of knowledge, teacher beliefs, and the impact of instructional materials - in order to gain greater understanding in the concept of learning and teaching algebra. The literature review examines the merits of symbolic versus rhetoric algebraic notation, educator’s approach to ...


Incorporating Vocabulary Into Math To Support Student Comprehension, Kasey Gharet Aug 2007

Incorporating Vocabulary Into Math To Support Student Comprehension, Kasey Gharet

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this research was to find out if incorporating vocabulary into math improved student comprehension of mathematical concepts. The researcher used several instructional strategies to incorporate vocabulary directly into the math curriculum in an urban school. Data was collected from a focus group as well as the whole class. Observation checklists and math manipulative bags were used to collect data from the focus group. A vocabulary pre and post-test, weekly math quizzes, and a math pre and post-test were used to collect data from the whole group. The results of this research support that the incorporation of math ...


The Impact Of Peer Social Status On Social Interactions And Achievement In Small Learning Groups For Mathematics, Anne M. Stadelman Jun 2007

The Impact Of Peer Social Status On Social Interactions And Achievement In Small Learning Groups For Mathematics, Anne M. Stadelman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study investigated the impact of peer social status on first graders' social interactions and the construction of mathematical concepts during small group collaboration for mathematics under two conditions: when the groups were composed of students with equal social status and when the groups were composed of students with diverse social status. The research took place in a first grade urban classroom with 16 students in Western New York. The researcher, as an objective observer, studied all students during Investigations activities. In addition, three different focus groups were observed: a high social status group, a low social status group ...


The Effects Of Classroom Seating On Students' Performance In A High School Science Setting, Brian J. Minchen May 2007

The Effects Of Classroom Seating On Students' Performance In A High School Science Setting, Brian J. Minchen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis studied the effects of a student's location in the classroom versus their retention and application of newly learned material. The study's participants were students taking Regents Chemistry in a suburban school located in Upstate New York. Through a teacher administered questionnaire, students answered three questions regarding the lesson that was just presented. These questions followed a general pattern. The first question was usually simple recall, the second question was a more detailed recall mentioning specifics from the lesson, or on any experiments or demonstrations that were performed. The third question was an application of the lesson ...


Success In Science: The Power Of Writing On Attitudes And Knowledge Acquisition In Middle School Science, Kelly A. Roberts Jan 2007

Success In Science: The Power Of Writing On Attitudes And Knowledge Acquisition In Middle School Science, Kelly A. Roberts

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study looks at the global deficits in science-related industries with regard to scientific literacy and writing to articulate knowledge. This project explores a science curriculum that uses diverse resources like children's literature, poetry, nature journals, and writing prompts to explore learning and attitudes in the middle school science classroom. Researchers anticipated students’ development in content and conceptual knowledge, improvement in critical thinking skills, and increased interest in scientific reading and writing. Active research was conducted at a small suburban/rural parochial school in Western New York where subjects included 65 students in three seventh-grade life-science classes. Literacy ...