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Thrasher, Emily Plunkett – ProQuest LLC, 2016

The goal of this thesis was to investigate and enhance our understanding of what occurs while pre-service mathematics teachers engage in a mathematical modeling unit that is broadly based upon mathematical modeling as defined by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction

Cannon, Tenille – ProQuest LLC, 2016

Mathematics can be conceptualized in different ways. Policy documents such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) (2000) and the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) (2010), classify mathematics in terms of mathematical content (e.g., quadratic functions, Pythagorean theorem) and mathematical activity in the form of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Schwerdtfeger, Sara – ProQuest LLC, 2017

This study examined the differences in knowledge of mathematical modeling between a group of elementary preservice teachers and a group of elementary inservice teachers. Mathematical modeling has recently come to the forefront of elementary mathematics classrooms because of the call to add mathematical modeling tasks in mathematics classes through…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Models, Teacher Characteristics

Toles, Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2010

To succeed in an increasing technological and global society, students need to develop strong mathematical and problem-solving skills. This qualitative grounded theory study examined student perceptions of the ways in which teaching strategies in high school mathematics classes affect student motivation to learn the subject. Study participants…

Descriptors: Grounded Theory, High Schools, Comparative Analysis, Questionnaires

Campbell, William James – ProQuest LLC, 2017

This dissertation describes a mathematics curriculum and instruction design experiment involving a series of embodied mathematical activities conducted in two Colorado elementary schools Activities designed for this experiment include multi-scalar number line models focused on supporting students' understanding of elementary mathematics. Realistic…

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 2

Guzman, Lynette DeAun – ProQuest LLC, 2017

Mathematics teacher noticing as a pedagogical practice--attending to, interpreting, and responding to children's mathematical thinking--is growing within mathematics education communities. Much of the research literature primarily focuses on supporting teacher noticing of children's mathematical thinking within classroom contexts, such as…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers

Harouni, Houman – ProQuest LLC, 2015

Why do schools teach mathematics, and why do they teach the mathematics that they do? In this three-part dissertation, I argue that the justifications offered by national education systems are not convincing, and that students are tested on content whose purpose neither they nor their teachers clearly understand. In the first part of the…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction

Hyatt, Sherry – ProQuest LLC, 2013

Research shows that children of different backgrounds and cultures learn and perform differently in mathematics despite similar intelligence levels and mathematics instruction (Alvarez & Bali, 2004). Ethnomathematics strives to explore and explain such phenomena in terms of the complex role culture plays in one's background experiences and…

Descriptors: After School Programs, Rural Areas, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4

Gould, Heather – ProQuest LLC, 2013

The release of the "Common Core State Standards for Mathematics" in 2010 resulted in a new focus on mathematical modeling in United States curricula. Mathematical modeling represents a way of doing and understanding mathematics new to most teachers. The purpose of this study was to determine the conceptions and misconceptions held by…

Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematical Models, Misconceptions

Stehr, Eryn – ProQuest LLC, 2017

Mathematics teachers at all levels are expected ever more frequently to integrate use of emergent technologies (e.g., calculators, software, online tools, device applets) in mathematics teaching and learning. Too often technology is used for technology's sake, rather than in intentional ways to support mathematical reasoning, sense-making, and…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Teachers, Technology Integration

Bartlo, Joanna Rachel – ProQuest LLC, 2013

Although proof has long been viewed as a cornerstone of mathematical activity, incorporating the mathematical practice of proving into classrooms is not a simple matter. In this dissertation I aim to advance research on proof by addressing this issue. In particular, I explore the role proof might play in promoting the learning of mathematics in…

Descriptors: Validity, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Role

Catapano, Michael – ProQuest LLC, 2013

Strong mathematical abilities are important for the continuation of a successful society. Mathematics is required and involved in all aspects of daily life: banking, communications, business, education, and travel are just a few examples. More specifically the areas of finance, engineering, architecture, and technology require individuals with…

Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 10, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills

Juenke, Carl W. – ProQuest LLC, 2017

A significant number of students receive special education services for mathematics learning disabilities, however, many additional students need mathematics intervention to support their learning in the regular education classroom. A Response to Intervention (RtI) model has been identified as effective in addressing these students' needs;…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Primary Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mathematics Instruction

Tian, Xiaoxi – ProQuest LLC, 2014

In recent years, Mainland Chinese teams have been the dominant participants in the two COMAP-sponsored mathematical modeling competitions: the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). This study examines five factors that lead to the Chinese teams' dramatic increase in participation rate and…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematical Models, Competition, Student Participation

Pair, Jeffrey David – ProQuest LLC, 2017

What is mathematics? What does it mean to be a mathematician? What should students understand about the nature of mathematical knowledge and inquiry? Research in the field of mathematics education has found that students often have naive views about the nature of mathematics. Some believe that mathematics is a body of unchanging knowledge, a…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Heuristics, Humanism, Models