Title page for ETD etd-09292006-142420

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Porter, Bethany Ann
Author's Email Address bporte2@lsu.edu
URN etd-09292006-142420
Title Integration of Conceptual Mathematical Relationships into Constant Time Delay Instruction
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
George H. Noell Committee Chair
Frank Gresham Committee Member
Kristin Gansle Committee Member
  • mathematics
  • constant time delay instruction
Date of Defense 2006-09-11
Availability unrestricted
There is constant debate over mathematics education in the United States. One central controversy is whether or not the current methods used to teach students mathematics are effective. Some scholars believe that students are not getting enough practice and that they are not getting a good conceptual understanding of mathematics. It has been shown that mathematics equations are rich in patterns and inter-relationships and when children understand these relationships they have higher mathematic skill levels than their peers who do not. This study examined the effectiveness of using an empirically supported, fast paced mastery oriented teaching procedure that promotes automaticity and fluency while also addressing a conceptual understanding of mathematics. Participants were general education students in the first grade referred for mathematics assistance. In Experiment one, a constant time delay procedure was used to teach the students a set number of single digit addition and subtraction facts with integrated mathematical relationships. In Experiment two, constant time delay was used again to teach the participants 18 single digit addition problems. Effectiveness and efficiency of teaching conditions were evaluated. The results of experiment one are inconclusive with only one participant being able to continue through the whole experiment and little change in her data. However, experiment two demonstrated that the children were able to learn simple addition facts using a constant time delay procedure.
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