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ERIC Number: ED545777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-8238-9
Academic Excellence in Action: A Case Study of Effective Instructional Methodologies of Middle Grades Math Teachers
Hutchison, Nancy Carol
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Liberty University
The purpose of this case study was to analyze highly effective math teachers in a middle school in Tennessee and describe the methodologies utilized in their middle grades classrooms. This case study was an instrumental single case study within a bounded system. Effective math teachers employ certain methodologies consistently in their classrooms that can be utilized by other teachers to help students achieve academic success. Tennessee's First to the Top Act (2010) requires using teacher effect data to comprise 35% of teachers' retention/dismissal evaluation scores and requires a concentrated focus on seventh grade mathematics instruction. Questionnaires, interviews with math teachers and student focus groups, and observations of math teachers were utilized to ascertain common methodologies. The study revealed that effective middle school math teachers used several instructional methodologies during the course of teaching a math lesson. The instructional methodologies used by all middle school math teachers in the study and remembered by the majority of students in the student focus groups involved hands-on activities. Other methods that promoted retention and academic growth in the students included writing the objective of the lesson on the board, using formative assessments throughout the lesson, and modeling of the lessons' concepts by the teacher. This study can be used to help administrators at all levels to recognize and retain their most effective teachers and to help the mediocre teachers become more effective. [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: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee