ERIC Number: ED436387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Mathematics Program in a School for Learning Disabled Students in Grades 2 through 10: Fostering Mathematical Growth of Students through Teacher Training, Parent Involvement, and Implementation of New Curriculum Materials.
Student scores on the Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test showed four years of declining scores. Data collected from a teacher pre-questionnaire indicated problems in the areas: elementary mathematics curriculum, the curriculum adoption process, training of teachers in using purchased texts and manipulatives, confidence of teachers in utilizing methods which meet student needs, knowledge of teachers in using computer software and supplementary materials, and parental support of the mathematics program. The elements of the mathematics program that were affected were the adoption of elementary curriculum materials that met student needs in terms of reading level, computation, and problem solving, teacher training in using purchased texts and manipulatives, teacher training in methods of teaching mathematics, teacher training in using computer software and supplementary materials, and programs to increase parental involvement in mathematics. Achievement performance increased following the implementation as measured by the Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test. The teacher post-questionnaire showed that objectives were met in the following areas: elementary curriculum, sufficiency of curriculum materials to compare and to pilot, teacher confidence in the curriculum review process, the training of teachers in using purchased texts and manipulatives, and the knowledge of staff in using supplementary materials. The teacher post-questionnaire showed improvements in the following areas: the time taken to evaluate curriculum materials, the confidence of teachers in the ability of their teaching methods to meet student needs, the knowledge of teachers in using computer software, and parental support of the mathematics program. (Contains 59 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, NOVA Southeastern University.