Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)
Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
This thesis outlines a dual-intensity approach using a web-based program, MyMathLab, for procedural fluency and, in parallel, extended written tasks for helping students improve their reasoning skills, to learn to use multiple representations, and securing mathematical knowledge. The new Common Core State Standards have increased expectations and achievement goals at all grade levels, the required changes being most significant at earlier grade levels (in elementary and middle schools). It is my assertion that a combined approach, one that encompasses both procedure-oriented practice for fluency and extended written tasks designed to stretch thinking and reasoning is needed to meet these goals.
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Dyer, Sarah Claire, "Improving middle school math achievement using a web-based program and extended written tasks" (2012). LSU Master's Theses. 1953.