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ERIC Number: ED525807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-0626-5
Latino Parents Utilizing Home-Based Activities to Support Algebra-Readiness Skills
Molinar, Soledad Marie
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
This dissertation involved a series of training sessions where parents from a Title I middle school participated in the learning and practice of Algebra Readiness skills. The project was based on a series of six weekly trainings for parents to learn home-based activities to increase their child's Algebra Readiness. I administered an initial questionnaire that assessed parents' math skills and attitudes toward math before beginning the intervention so that the curriculum and activities incorporated the necessary tools for parents to be successful. The core program of this intervention is "Family Math." I provided the teacher the outline of activities from "Family Math" for each of the intervention sessions. The teacher facilitator and parent participants reviewed the activities and modified them to make them relevant culturally, linguistically and by math skill level. The modifications to this mainstream math curriculum were documented, parent trainings were observed and interviews with parents were transcribed. Throughout the trainings, parents participated in a cycle of learning a math concept, practicing a home-based activity that enforced the math concept, and then utilized the home-based activity with their child at home. Upon the subsequent training, parents provided feedback on their experience during the training and at home. The additional trainings were conducted with the same cycle and feedback loops in place to modify instruction and curriculum as needed. The project demonstrated a change in the type of parent involvement, a change in parents' comfort and success with math activities, and a change in parents' comfort and success with problem solving methods of the United States. The project also established the essential steps in modifying a mainstream curriculum to address the cultural, linguistic and math skill level needs of Latino parent participants. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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