Term

Fall 12-15-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Margot Galt

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Becky Hanson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kay Martin

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was: How can I design a math curriculum that will increase fifth grade students’ understanding of fraction concepts? The author began her research by investigating the struggles elementary students face when learning fraction concepts, which led to a study of four instructional strategies: ability grouping, differentiation, flipped learning, and guided math. The author considered the work of Boaler, Sammons, Tomlinson, Tucker, and Vann to inform her research. After careful reflection on the benefits and limitations of each strategy, the author chose to create a hybrid unit utilizing both guided math and flipped learning. The curriculum was designed using the Understanding by Design model from Wiggins and McTighe. The result of this research was a 25-day unit on fraction concepts that follows the basic structure of guided math, along with incorporating flipped learning videos, for future implementation in a fifth grade mathematics classroom.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development

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