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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Thomas, Coretta
Author's Email Address amant113@cox.net
URN etd-08242010-140559
Title Fraction Competency and Algebra Success
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Mathematics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Madden, James J Committee Chair
Neubrander, Frank M. Committee Member
Sundar, Padmanaban Committee Member
Keywords
  • fraction competency
  • algebra
  • algebra success
  • algebra pretest
  • fraction pretest
  • midterm grades
  • national math panel report
Date of Defense 2010-07-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Abstract

In this thesis, I investigated the importance of fraction competence to success in algebra. I studied 107 of the students whom I teach. These students were all enrolled in Algebra I. A fraction pretest and an algebra pretest were given at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. A comparison was done to study the connection between the fraction pretest score and the semester grade as well as the algebra pretest score and the semester grade. The strongest correlation was between the fraction pretest and the semester grade. This supported the theory that fraction competence is a strong predictor of algebra success.

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