Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using graphic organizers when problem solving in high school mathematics

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in the project is, in what ways can using a graphic organizer impact a student's independent problem solving skills in mathematics? It developed from a desire to have students become independent problem solvers. The literature review showed support of the importance of incorporating reading comprehension strategies in all content areas. The author developed a graphic organizer and used a four step plan for integration. The four step plan was explained in Paul Neufeld's article, Comprehension Instruction in Content Area Classes (2005). The study consisted of high school pre-algebra students in the author's mathematics classroom. The students were introduced to the graphic organizer, which was modeled by the teacher, then incorporated guided and independent practice. The results showed that the graphic organizer did positively impact the problem solving skills of most students.

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