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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dyer, Sarah Claire
Author's Email Address sdyer1@ebrschools.org
URN etd-07032012-113855
Title Improving Middle School Math Achievement Using a Web-Based Program and Extended Written Tasks
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Neubrander, Frank Committee Chair
Lane, Sean Committee Member
Perlis, Robert Committee Member
  • dual intensity
  • conceptual understanding
  • procedural fluency
Date of Defense 2012-06-22
Availability unrestricted
This thesis outlines a dual-intensity approach using a web-based program, MyMathLab, for procedural fluency and, in parallel, extended written tasks for helping students improve their reasoning skills, to learn to use multiple representations, and securing mathematical knowledge. The new Common Core State Standards have increased expectations and achievement goals at all grade levels, the required changes being most significant at earlier grade levels (in elementary and middle schools). It is my assertion that a combined approach, one that encompasses both procedure-oriented practice for fluency and extended written tasks designed to stretch thinking and reasoning is needed to meet these goals.
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