Essay on Task 5

Submitted By Carmen-Thompson
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Pages: 34

An Action Study on Writing in Mathematics

Carmen Thompson

A Capstone Presented to the Teachers College Faculty

of Western Governors University

in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree

Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education (K-6)

October 11th 2014

Abstract The purpose of this action research study is to determine if using math writing journals in a Kindergarten general education classroom would change the students' math fluency in the math skills being taught each week as well as their perception on writing in mathematics. This action research study will also evaluate the opinions of other teachers on math journals inside a classroom. Qualitative and Quantitative data were also collected to determine if the students math fluency in the math skills improve as a result in using the math journals during mathematical instruction. Students were tested at the beginning as well as the end of a math skill unit to find out if their scores had improved. At the end of each math skill study, the researcher could conclude that the math journals in Kindergarten were a positive attribute and addition to the Kindergarten classroom. Test scores improved massively, and students were having fun with writing when using the math journals.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Topic and Problem.................................................................6

Topic......................................................................... …..........................6

Topic choice.....................................................................................7

Topic importance..............................................................................7

Problem Statement................................................................................ 8

Problem Background................................................. …...............8

Possible Causes.............................................................................9

Significance of the Problem............................................................9

Research Questions............................................................................. 10

Topic and Problem Conclusion.......................................... ….............10

Chapter 2 Review of the Literature.......................................................11

Overview of Literature................................................................11 Prior Research............................................................................12

Best Practices.............................................................................13

Summary.....................................................................................14

Chapter 3 Methodology..........................................................................15

Overview of Research Methodology.............................. …...................15

Research Questions................................................................................15-16

Definition of Terms ...............................................................................16

Research Design.....................................................................................17

Participants..............................................................................................17

Permission.......................................................................................17

Evaluation of Tools & Methods...............................................................18-19
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Data Integrity............................................................................19

Reliability and Validity............................................................19

Method Adoption................................................................................20…