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The Elephant In The Classroom: Understanding Teachers’ Implicit Biases In Grading Student Work In A Mathematics Classroom, Tina Marie Medina
The Elephant In The Classroom: Understanding Teachers’ Implicit Biases In Grading Student Work In A Mathematics Classroom, Tina Marie Medina
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
This study focused on automaticity or the choices we make without conscious thought. Specifically, the study examined how math teachers improved their understanding of the practice and evolution of culturally responsive teaching by analyzing the lived experiences and metacognition of practicing middle school teachers as they assess student work in mathematics. The potential impact of implicit stereotypes, instructor expectations, assessment design, cultural considerations, and other variables on the grading process was investigated. The purpose of this case study was to uncover teachers’ implicit biases as it relates to grading student work in a middle school math class.
This qualitative study …
Implementing A MultiTiered System Of Supports, Hayley Vander Wal
Implementing A MultiTiered System Of Supports, Hayley Vander Wal
Master of Education Program Theses
This action research project examined the implementation of a multitiered system of supports in a math classroom at a private, Christian suburban school in central Iowa. The researcher utilized the four essential indicators of MTSS to support a small group of four students who were the participants in her study. The intervention targeted the seventh grade math skills of simplifying expressions and solving equations using various methods. Analysis of the triangulated data showed growth in each of the students at varied amounts. Findings of the study suggest that students need consistent, protected Tier 2 intervention to make the most significant …
PreCalculus: Thinking Deeply About Simple Things, Jacob Carter
PreCalculus: Thinking Deeply About Simple Things, Jacob Carter
Graduate Research Showcase
“PreCalculus: Thinking Deeply About Simple Things” is a researchbased creative endeavor focused on designing a highschool precalculus course. This course aims to foster deep, meaningful thinking, as well as an appreciation of the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the math classroom. The course leverages students’ funds of knowledge to employ culturally responsive teaching methods to connect mathematical concepts to the students’ backgrounds, interests, and reallife situations. This course also integrates socialemotional learning to create an engaging and supportive learning environment for all students. By combining Peter Liljedahl’s “Building Thinking Classroom in Mathematics” approach with problembased learning, the course …
Investigating Prodigy Math Program To Improve Students' Success In Mathematics, Justin A. Bledsaw
Investigating Prodigy Math Program To Improve Students' Success In Mathematics, Justin A. Bledsaw
Masters Theses
This study investigates whether Prodigy improves student achievement in mathematics; whether Prodigy improves, specifically, math achievement of special education students, students of different ethnicities, and students of different genders. Further, the study wanted to explore student perceptions of Prodigy. The study was conducted in two fifth grade classrooms with a total of 31 participants. Two mathematics units were utilized to compare; one on multiplying whole numbers and the other on dividing whole numbers. In addition, participants completed a survey and a focus group interview to find out participant perceptions of Prodigy. Results reveal that the whole group scored higher in …
Developing Proportional Reasoning Via Lego Robotics: Experiences Of A 7th Grade Mathematics Class, Shelli L. CaslerFailing, Leah C. Swann
Developing Proportional Reasoning Via Lego Robotics: Experiences Of A 7th Grade Mathematics Class, Shelli L. CaslerFailing, Leah C. Swann
Middle Grades Review
A qualitatively oriented mixed methods case study was conducted to investigate the effects of incorporating LEGO robotics into a seventhgrade mathematics curriculum. Using the lenses of Social Constructivist Theory and the Five Stages of Technology Integration, this research focused on the development of proportional reasoning skills. The data show students experienced success in developing their proportional reasoning skills as they completed tasks using the robotics. The quantitative data shows evidence of growth in understanding and development of proportional reasoning. The qualitative analysis provides evidence that students developed their understanding through collaborative discussions as they worked through the different technology stages. …
Social Justice Mathematics: Classroom Practices That Give Students Rigor While Building Agency, Emily Marquise
Social Justice Mathematics: Classroom Practices That Give Students Rigor While Building Agency, Emily Marquise
Masters Theses
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of a social justice approach to mathematics instruction. While many students have math aversion, students in low socioeconomic communities exhibit this to a higher degree putting them at a disadvantage as they progress through their educational career. More than 3.4 million K12 students in the United States come from families that earn less than the median income yet achieve scores in the top percentile (Wyner et al., 2007). This raises the question of why so many students in lowsocioeconomic settings are not given rigorous content that will keep them competitive …
Analyzing The Influence Of Mathematics Intervention Teacher Actions On Students' Mathematics Identities: An Examination Of Bipoc Student Perceptions And Past Learning Experiences., Sydni P. Morris
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
This dissertation examines mathematics education's past and present state in the United States, emphasizing mathematics intervention instruction. This dissertation includes a complex and critical analysis of intervention practices and historical and structural inequities based on race present in these interventions and mathematics education. In combination, it examines the construct of mathematics identities, their role in student success with mathematics, and trends surrounding mathematics education and its impact on populations of students of color. Using Critical Race Theory as an underlying framework and Critical CounterNarrative as a methodology, it argues a need for marginalized student voices to be present in the …
The Academic Outcomes Of Dual Language Programs In Mathematics And English Language Arts, Dana Lisbet Aguirre
The Academic Outcomes Of Dual Language Programs In Mathematics And English Language Arts, Dana Lisbet Aguirre
M.Ed. Literature Reviews
This paper focuses on Dual Language students in both elementary and secondary schools and their academic outcomes in the content areas of mathematics and English language arts. Positive benefits of Dual Language Programs are highlighted in both content areas acorss various grade levels, locations, and states.
The Effects Of ProblemBased Learning On Mathematics Motivation In A Flipped Classroom Instructional Environment, Joshua David Harrison
The Effects Of ProblemBased Learning On Mathematics Motivation In A Flipped Classroom Instructional Environment, Joshua David Harrison
Theses and Dissertations
In response to decreasing motivation in high school math classrooms, teachers are transforming classrooms with various instructional techniques. Traditional math instruction relies on direct instruction and memorization of content, processes, and skills. Teachers are transitioning to more constructivist studentled approaches. Utilizing multiple instructional designs provides teachers more opportunities to access the major components of the ARCS Model: attention, relevance, confidence, and satisfaction.
Therefore, the purpose of this action research was examining problembased learning in a flipped classroom instructional environment and measuring its effect on students’ motivation and achievement in Algebra 2. The study addressed the following research questions: 1) What …
Impacts Of TechnologyEnhanced Dual Enrollment Mathematics Course On Rural High School Students’ Intentions Of Going To College, Nicolae Bordieanu
Impacts Of TechnologyEnhanced Dual Enrollment Mathematics Course On Rural High School Students’ Intentions Of Going To College, Nicolae Bordieanu
Theses and Dissertations
The purpose of this concurrent mixed methods action research study was to investigate the impact of new technologyenhanced Dual Enrollment (DE) math courses on students’ perception of college courses, the influence the technologyenhanced DE had on students’ intention of going to college, and the students' perception of the technologyenhanced DE math course. Examining student experiences in a technologyenhanced DE course informed all stakeholders as to what degree DE influenced students’ perception of college. The DE experience influenced students' postsecondary plans. The innovation of this action research study was the technologyenhanced DE math course. Software used to practice computational skills, conduct …
Impacting African American Student Achievement In The Middle School Stem Classroom By Teaching Mathematics Through Arts Integration And Design Thinking, Robert Lippert, Tjuannia R. Seals
Impacting African American Student Achievement In The Middle School Stem Classroom By Teaching Mathematics Through Arts Integration And Design Thinking, Robert Lippert, Tjuannia R. Seals
Dissertations
Middle school is a transitional period in which many students experience contentspecific teachers, travel between classrooms, and explore extracurricular activity options for the first time. Historically, African American middle school students have not fared well in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on standardized assessments, performing significantly below their Caucasian counterparts in mathematics and science. From the beginning of their academic careers, a lack of access to quality teachers, excessive use of direct instruction strategies, and a lack of resources in their school communities, contribute to their overall apathy towards the subject matter and factor into their underperformance. As a …
A Collection Of Calculus Lesson Plans: Deriving The 'Why' Behind Derivatives, Kasey Brabec
A Collection Of Calculus Lesson Plans: Deriving The 'Why' Behind Derivatives, Kasey Brabec
Honors Theses
The traditional mathematics classroom is led with a focus on procedural understanding, with deep conceptual understanding considered to be unimportant or too difficult to teach within the allotted time. Both levels of understanding are important mathematical competencies, as it is rare for either of them to function well without accessibility to the other. The disparity between conceptual understanding and procedural understanding in the mathematics classroom is no larger than in courses like Calculus. This project is a collection of fifteen lesson plans constructed with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and the connectivity of Calculus. Each lesson plan’s overview contains the …
Sources Of Mathematics Learning Disabilities For Middle School Classes From The Point Of View Of Supervisors And Teachers And Their Suggestions For Addressing Them, Eidah M. Alruwaili Phd
Sources Of Mathematics Learning Disabilities For Middle School Classes From The Point Of View Of Supervisors And Teachers And Their Suggestions For Addressing Them, Eidah M. Alruwaili Phd
International Journal for Research in Education
The study aimed to identify the sources of mathematics learning Disabilities for middle school classes from the point of view of supervisors and teachers and their suggestions to address them. The study sample consisted of 38 male and female supervisors and 151 teachers for the mathematics course who were chosen by the available random method during the first semester of the academic year 2021 / 2022. To achieve the objectives of the study, a tool was prepared that consisted of four subscales (36 items), namely the student, the teacher, the textbook, and the classroom environment. The results showed that the …
Link Between Mathematics Pedagogy And Missouri Assessment, Mary E. Hartnett
Link Between Mathematics Pedagogy And Missouri Assessment, Mary E. Hartnett
Murray State Theses and Dissertations
Abstract
The researcher studied the correlation between mathematics pedagogy and fifth grade test scores on the Missouri Achievement Program Mathematics Test, utilizing data from 2019 to avoid the effects Covid19 had on the education system. All fifth graders attending public schools in Saint Louis County were studied using the data released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The first research question pertained to a correlation between mathematics pedagogy (Spiral, Strand or Blended Method) and overall fifth grade test scores on the Missouri Assessment Program Mathematics Test. The second question tested whether correlation existed between mathematics pedagogy and test …
Associating High School Science, Technology, Engineering, And Math (Stem) CourseTaking With Future Earnings For NonStem Employed High School Graduates, Beth Marchant
Dissertations
Problem
Due to the current resurgence of attention given to high school students' taking courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), research was needed to examine whether a relationship between the number of STEM courses a high school student, who graduates from high school and works in a nonSTEM field, completes and the success of that student 10 years later. One measure of student success, future earnings, can be measured quantitatively and is included in the Education Longitudinal Survey of 2002 (ELS:2002) data set, an ideal source of information to evaluate this issue (Institute of Education Sciences, 2019b).
Method …
Streaming With Butterflies: A Whole School Stream Project, Carey L. Averill, Janet M. Herrelko
Streaming With Butterflies: A Whole School Stream Project, Carey L. Averill, Janet M. Herrelko
Journal of Catholic Education
This study explores the commitment of a school faculty to use the pedagogical practices needed to employ a projectbased unit of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM). The unit of study concentrated on environmental sustainability of butterflies through projectbased learning (PBL). Teacher interviews were analyzed to reveal the similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses in the teachers’ reactions to implementing a crosscurricula content unit designed for a prekindergarten (PK) to eighth grade school. Analysis of teacher data and classroom artifacts provided evidence of: content mastery at the student levels; implementation of scaffolding for developmental levels; and the need …
The Effect Of SelfPaced Learning On Student Achievement And Motivation Within An EighthGrade Mathematics Classroom, Jacy Spencer
The Effect Of SelfPaced Learning On Student Achievement And Motivation Within An EighthGrade Mathematics Classroom, Jacy Spencer
Dissertations, Theses, and Projects
A large mathematics achievement gap is a concern for researchers and educators alike, making effective teaching practices a main point of study for many researchers. Therefore, this action research, which used a quasiexperimental, quantitative research design, aimed to determine the effect of a selfpaced learning environment on eighthgrade students’ mathematical achievement and motivation for learning. Baseline data on student motivation toward learning mathematics and mathematics achievement was collected before implementing a selfpaced learning environment. After a mathematics unit was completed utilizing the selfpaced learning model, data was collected on student achievement and motivation to determine effect of the learning environment. …
Examining Teaching Practices That Increase Student Mathematical Achievement, Jonah P. Zimmerman
Examining Teaching Practices That Increase Student Mathematical Achievement, Jonah P. Zimmerman
Culminating Experience Projects
The current data in the United States surrounding mathematics shows that there are issues that must be addressed with teaching and learning math in the K12 setting. In the perfect world, all students would meet grade level expectations in math prior to moving to another grade; however, this is not what is taking place. Students are not meeting proficiency, and as a result teachers and students alike are not gaining confidence in teaching/learning mathematics. This project looks at the Math Workshop Model as being one alternative to the more traditional teaching practices that are used today in the ABC School …
The Perceived Impact Of ProjectBased Learning (Pbl) On Middle School Students’ Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics (Stem) Identity And Engagement, Jonathan Olivera
The Perceived Impact Of ProjectBased Learning (Pbl) On Middle School Students’ Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics (Stem) Identity And Engagement, Jonathan Olivera
Theses and Dissertations
Despite multiple calls to action, the United States educational system is not producing enough viable contributors in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These fields continue to grow, and the STEM workforce continues to expand. However, the pool of citizens prepared to enter these professions is not keeping up with the demand. Part of this issue can be attributed to a diminishing interest in STEM by students, particularly during their identity forming adolescent years. Active learning strategies have proven successful in preventing this decline with projectbased learning (PBL) being one of the most successful active learning strategies. …
The Effects Of ComputerAssisted Instruction On Student Learning Of Fractions In Middle School Mathematics, Rebecca Love Palculict
The Effects Of ComputerAssisted Instruction On Student Learning Of Fractions In Middle School Mathematics, Rebecca Love Palculict
Doctoral Dissertations and Projects
In today’s increasingly technologicallydriven classroom, exploring whether computerassisted instruction ensures students gain critical mathematic skills is an important area of study. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of computerassisted instruction in learning manipulation of fractions. This study used archival data collected in August 2021 (pretest) and January 2022 (posttest). Sixtynine fifthgrade students in a middle school in rural Mississippi were participants in the study. This quantitative quasiexperimental pretest/posttest control group design analyzed data from the iReady diagnostic using an Analysis of Covariance. Results indicated a significant difference between the posttest scores of students who received interventions …
Problem Solving Like A Mathematician: Disciplinary Literacy Instruction In Elementary Mathematics, Charlotte FrambaughKritzer, Stephanie Buelow
Problem Solving Like A Mathematician: Disciplinary Literacy Instruction In Elementary Mathematics, Charlotte FrambaughKritzer, Stephanie Buelow
Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts
This study aims to grow the literature by examining the how of disciplinary literacies (DL) elementary mathematics instructional practices in teacher education, which is underreported. Using qualitative case study methods, we examined how one cohort of elementary preservice teachers (PTs) enacted the DL instructional practices in their field practicum K–6 classrooms. Using a social constructivism perspective, we combined directed content analysis with realtime dialogue and the writing process as analytical tools to examine our data. Data sources included observation notes from the mathematics methods course, observation notes from the field practicum, and multiple artifacts (e.g., post observation oral and written …
Incremental, Spaced Repetition And Studymate Flashcards: The Impact On College Student Memorization Of Measurement Conversion Standards, Patricia A. Bromer
Incremental, Spaced Repetition And Studymate Flashcards: The Impact On College Student Memorization Of Measurement Conversion Standards, Patricia A. Bromer
Theses and Dissertations
The purpose of this action research was to evaluate the impact of and student perception of incremental, spaced repetition of StudyMate electronic flashcard use on memorization of measurement conversion standards for an online Mathematics in Health Sciences course. Online college classes require more selfdirection and usually do not allow for partner or group work. These characteristics of online classes may hinder students’ ability to memorize crucial information, increasing their cognitive load and leading to feelings of inadequacy. This mixed methods study assessed the impact of incremental, spaced repetition of StudyMate flashcard use on college math students’ memorization of measurement conversion …
Teachers' Experiences In Implementing TechnologyRich Curriculum For Student Achievement: A Phenomenological Study, Dorrothe Jean
Teachers' Experiences In Implementing TechnologyRich Curriculum For Student Achievement: A Phenomenological Study, Dorrothe Jean
Doctoral Dissertations and Projects
The purpose of this phenomenological study is to describe how premillennial teachers at East Orange Public School (EOPS, a pseudonym) respond to technologyrich curriculum. Twelve elementary school premillennial teachers will participate in the study focused on one central research question and three subquestions: (a) What is the lived experience of elementary teachers implementing technologyrich mathematics curriculum? (b)How do elementary school teachers perceive their preparedness for teaching in a classroom where technologyrich math curriculum has been implemented? (c)How do elementary school teachers describe their transitions from a premillennial curriculum to a millennial curriculum where it has been implemented? (d) How do …
Motivation In Online Course Design: Action Research Using A SelfDetermination TheoryBased Mathematics Unit To Improve Students’ Autonomy, Competence, And Relatedness, Emily Rose Shank
Theses and Dissertations
Strong mathematics achievement is lacking in the United States, with motivation waning especially among mathematics and online students. Online mathematics students, in particular, struggle with selfregulation and selfefficacy (Kim, 2012; Sun & Rueda, 2012). Ryan and Deci (2017), in their wellestablished and empirical selfdetermination theory, contended that satisfying the psychological needs of autonomy (involving selfregulation), competence (involving selfefficacy), and relatedness (involving a sense of belonging) creates a suitable environment for integrated extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to thrive. The purpose of this action research was to create and implement a selfdetermination theorybased online unit on factoring polynomials for mathematics students at …
The Impact Of Altering Physical And Human Components In Middle School Mathematics Classes On Assessment Performance, Raina Quinnell
The Impact Of Altering Physical And Human Components In Middle School Mathematics Classes On Assessment Performance, Raina Quinnell
Masters of Arts in Education Action Research Papers
"Abstract This action research report explores classroom environment interventions used to improve mathematics assessment scores and the effects of anxiety on those scores. This paper identifies that to increase academic performance on math assessments, a person should consider physical and human components, whether it is within the physical movement in the classroom, teacherstudent proximity, or student selfassessment (e.g., attitude, growth mindset, focus/engagement). This research also suggests that teachers and students need to be relieved of the negative effects of pressure in a school’s testing culture. The conclusion gathered from this research suggests that students benefit from increased movement during assessments …
Mindset, Stereotype Threat, And The Fear Of Failure: Why Female Students Leave A Secondary High Honors Mathematics Pathway, Annabelle Merg
Mindset, Stereotype Threat, And The Fear Of Failure: Why Female Students Leave A Secondary High Honors Mathematics Pathway, Annabelle Merg
Theses and Dissertations
The disproportionate attrition of female students in STEM is well documented in higher education but less well understood at the secondary level. In a large, public high school in an affluent, highly educated city, the high honors mathematics pathway is the only math pathway that has not yet achieved gender parity, an implication for future educational and economic equity. Female students leave this pathway at significantly higher rates than male students, especially during and immediately after the first course. Through an explanatory, mixed methods approach, this study found that these female students are not less well prepared than their male …
Evaluation Of The Availability And Utilization Status Of Texts In Core Subjects In Primary Schools’ Libraries, Valentine Joseph Owan, Daniel Clement Agurokpon, Abahcham V. Owan
Evaluation Of The Availability And Utilization Status Of Texts In Core Subjects In Primary Schools’ Libraries, Valentine Joseph Owan, Daniel Clement Agurokpon, Abahcham V. Owan
Library Philosophy and Practice (ejournal)
The study evaluated primary texts' availability and utilisation status in core subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Basic Science) in primary schools’ libraries in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State. The researchers formulated six null hypotheses to guide the study. The study adopted the descriptive survey research design. The target population of this study comprised a total of 30,036 teachers and pupils, distributed across the 73 public primary schools. A proportionate stratified sampling technique was used to select 30% and 5% of the available teachers and pupils in each school, resulting in a sample of 270 respondents. …
The Effects Of Stem And NonStem Mathematics Corequisite Courses On Student Success At Public Institutions In West Virginia, Vanessa S. Keadle
The Effects Of Stem And NonStem Mathematics Corequisite Courses On Student Success At Public Institutions In West Virginia, Vanessa S. Keadle
Theses, Dissertations and Capstones
This study explored the differences in student success outcomes between students enrolled in nonSTEM and STEM corequisite mathematics courses at 18 postsecondary institutions across five academic years in West Virginia, using deidentified student data. The researcher analyzed this extant data to determine if student characteristics were predictors of success, as defined as passing the mathematics corequisite course, retention to the next semester, and earning a GPA of 2.0 or higher. The researcher also conducted analyses to understand if the differences in those outcomes between STEM and nonSTEM courses were significant. This study identified statistically significant gaps in success for students …
Efficient Assessment Of Students’ Proportional Reasoning, Michele Carney, Katie Paulding, Joe Champion
Efficient Assessment Of Students’ Proportional Reasoning, Michele Carney, Katie Paulding, Joe Champion
Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations
Teachers need ways to efficiently assess students’ cognitive understanding. One promising approach involves easily adapted and administered item types that yield quantitative scores that can be interpreted in terms of whether or not students likely possess key understandings. This study illustrates an approach to analyzing response process validity evidence from item types for assessing two important aspects of proportional reasoning. Data include results from an interview protocol used with 33 middle school students to compare their responses to prototypical item types to their conceptions of composed unit and multiplicative comparison. The findings provide validity evidence in support of the score …
Charter School, Kindergarten–6, Homeschool Parents’ Perceptions, Experiences, And Strategies For Mathematics Instruction, Wendy How Fayard
Charter School, Kindergarten–6, Homeschool Parents’ Perceptions, Experiences, And Strategies For Mathematics Instruction, Wendy How Fayard
Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies
The research problem for this study was the lack of understanding regarding parents’ perceptions of and experiences with mathematics and instructional strategies for kindergarten through sixthgrade (K–6) students in a charter school, homeschool setting. Dewey’s theory of experience and education was the conceptual framework for the study. In this basic qualitative study, charter school homeschool parents’ perceptions about providing mathematic instruction for K–6 students, experiences with instructing K–6 students in mathematics, and choices and adjustments concerning mathematics teaching strategies were examined. Twelve participants took part in semistructured interviews on the Zoom platform. Their interview responses were analyzed qualitatively using coding …