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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

Williams-Pierce, Caroline Cassie-Marie – ProQuest LLC, 2016

Mathematics learning within the context of videogames is an increasingly important area of study that has not yet fulfilled its promise of powerfully contextualized and transformative learning. This research served to begin pushing the boundaries of the field by relying upon cutting edge mathematics education research on fractions and the best…

Descriptors: Multiplication, Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

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

Berthelson, Meredith Kay – ProQuest LLC, 2018

Early mathematical skills have long been hailed as a cornerstone and as the best predictor of later success in mathematics and literacy. This perception highlights the importance of elementary educator's mathematical content knowledge (MCK) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). This study explored a novel approach to motivating and facilitating…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Astronomy, Biology

Duncan, Matthew D. – ProQuest LLC, 2018

Mathematics education reform documents consider mathematical mistakes to be vital for the teaching and learning of mathematics. Additionally, mathematical mistakes are viewed as opportunities for learning and catalysts for discussion. However, research has demonstrated that some teachers do not see mathematical mistakes as productive for learning…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Beliefs, Mathematics Teachers

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

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

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

Waite, Adel Marlane – ProQuest LLC, 2017

The problems under investigation included (a) Did a directed study of mathematics vocabulary significantly affect student performance levels on standardized mathematical questions? and (b) Did the strategies used in this study significantly affect student performance levels on standardized mathematical questions? The population consisted of…

Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests, Grade 8

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

Adult College Students' Perceptions about Learning Mathematics via Developmental Mathematical xMOOCs

Kilgore, Pelagia Johanna – ProQuest LLC, 2018

Debates over the promising change Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) might offer to traditional online learning now produce significant attention and discourse among the media and higher education. Ample articles discuss the potential benefits of MOOCs from the perspectives of faculty and administration. However, little is known about students'…

Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Adult Learning, College Students

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

Butler Stewart, Karen – ProQuest LLC, 2017

Understanding mathematics is an essential part of everyday life and can range from simple tasks such as using basic math skills to more complex tasks. Success in mathematics is a requirement for success in today's modern world. A gap in developing mathematical skills can create complications and interfere with job opportunities. Another basic…

Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Correlation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction