Capstone/Dissertation Title

Differentiated math instruction and students achievement and attitudes toward learning

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how does differentiated instruction using tiered lessons affect student achievement and attitudes in understanding number sense in second grade? It describes the process of differentiating one chapter of the math curriculum using tiered lesson plans based on Tomlinson's research of the instructional strategy of differentiation. The author provides details on assessing student needs, grouping individuals based on learning needs, creating differentiated learning activities, as well as an analysis of the data created from the posttests and student surveys. Implications of differentiation, limitations of the findings and future plans are also described. As a result of implementing this unit, the author concludes that: 1) differentiation is a valuable strategy and does work to increase student achievement in the classroom 2) differentiation cannot be directly linked to positive attitudes toward learning.

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