ERIC Number: ED454088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Integrating Math and Science with Technology.
Blume, Joseph; Garcia, Kristi; Mullinax, Kelly; Vogel, Kelly
This report describes the effect of integrating math and science and employing technology to bridge the gap. The targeted population consisted of primary and secondary students in a diverse, blue-collar, rural community located in northeast central Illinois. The problem of low-test scores and errors on assignments in mathematics was evident and documented through daily work, student portfolios, and teacher generated tests. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that low student achievement in math skills was evident in the daily work, portfolios of students, and tests by teachers. Students were not motivated to learn math and science skills in a traditional classroom setting. Teaching strategies utilized technology, thematic units, and an integrated math and science course in order to make learning relevant to the students. A review of solution strategies such as literary articles, surveys, and an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the creation of an integrated math and science course, the utilization of thematic units, and increased usage of technology. These strategies were implemented to improve student motivation and achievement. Post intervention data indicated strengthened mathematical computation skills, increased problem solving skills, and increased student interest. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and Skylight Professional Development Field-Based Masters Program.