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Covington, Azure C.; Sheppard, Peter; Flint, Tori K.; Tackie, Nii A. – Journal of Educational Issues, 2019
In this study we investigated the relationship between urban eighth grade students' Hands-On Exposure to Algebraic Thinking (HEAT) competition performance and their subsequent performance on standardized measures of mathematics achievement (ACT Composite Score, ACT Math Scores, and Louisiana Algebra End of Course Exams). It was found that the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Middle School Mathematics
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Flint, Tori K.; Sheppard, Peter; Tackie, Nii A. – Education and Urban Society, 2019
HEAT, an instructional program emphasizing a nontraditional hands-on approach to algebraic instruction for urban, predominantly African American middle schoolers, provides a space to explore teachers' beliefs about urban students' mathematical abilities and motivation and addresses how teacher perceptions can intersect with instruction, learning,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Urban Schools
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Tackie, Nii Ansah; Sheppard, Peter; Flint, Tori K. – Investigations in Mathematics Learning, 2019
Prior to leaving middle school, students are expected to be able to solve linear equations with one unknown using multiple modes of representation, including pictorial models. Although solving these linear equations is important, many students do not have the conceptual understanding to solve these types of linear equations successfully. In this…
Descriptors: Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Skills, Middle School Students