Mathematics Instruction Dissertation or Thesis by ABCs

Mathematics Instruction
A research paper that examines educators' perceptions of changes in reform-related practices in mathematics instruction since the implementation of state wide testing.
# 112036 | 22,128 words | 147 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2009 in Education (Administration) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Mathematics (General)

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The paper examines the effects of mathematics reform on teacher practices and determines the perceptions of educators regarding it's effects on student achievement since the implementation of high stakes testing. The paper identifies reform-related practices in mathematics instruction that have increased, decreased, or not changed since the implementation of high stakes testing, based on educators' perceptions and determines educators' perceptions of the effects of reform-related practices on improving student achievement since the implementation of high stakes testing. The paper also addresses a significant number of research questions regarding the perceptions of educators, both generally and demographically, regarding the changes that have occurred within the classroom for students since the implementation of outcomes based testing.

List of Tables
Chapter 1
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Study
Research Question
Significance of the Study
Proposed Methods and Procedures
Definitions of Terms
Literature Review
Components of MERA
Perspectives of Educators Regarding Standardized Education Reforms Standards and Assessments
Changes in Curriculum and Modes of Instruction
The Effects of Accountability Systems on Individual Teachers
The Effects of Accountability Systems on a School's Capacity
The Effects of Accountability Systems on Student Learning
Alignment of Curricula and Instruction
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks
Research Design
Sample Description
Survey Permission and Procedures for Human Subject
Protection Survey
Survey Returns
Instruments, Measures, and Validity
Data Analysis
Specific Data Analysis Plan for Each Research
Research Question One
Research Question Two
Research Question Three
Research Question Four
Research Question Five
Research Question Six
Research Question Seven
Summary and Discussion
Connecting the Theoretical Framework
Implications of the Outcome of the Data Conclusion
Implications for Future Research

From the Paper:

"Another informative aspect of reform and a clear guide for future research will be real test scores, beyond marginal improvements. To accept reform as positive teachers and other educators must be shown more than marginal improvements on test scores, and they must also see real improvement for remedial as well as advanced and "normal" students. Student participation in creative solutions can and likely will play a part in these improvements, regardless of early concerns regarding issues of teachers "teaching to the test." Real world mathematics applications, performance based assessment for daily, weekly and quarterly personal improvement needs as well as many other teacher based creative reforms will likely continue to play a significant role in change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexakis, G. N. (2001). Test prep. The Washington Monthly, 33(3), 29-36.
  • Alberino, C.. (2004). The Effects of Standards and Standardized Testing on Teaching and Curriculum in Two Philadelphia Schools. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Anderson, R. D. (1995). Curriculum reform: Dilemmas and promise. Phi Delta Kappan, 77(1), 33.
  • Arvidson, M. L. (1997). Reform-based instruction in mathematics: An inquiry into the relationship among student achievement, teacher attitudes and reform practices. Dissertation Abstract International (UMI No. 9805046).
  • Bell, T. H. (Apr 1993). Reflections one decade after A Nation at Risk. Phi Delta Kappan, 74(8), 592-97.

Cite this Dissertation or Thesis:

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MLA Format

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