Capstone/Dissertation Title

How do elementary school teachers use the everyday mathematics curriculum?

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

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MAT

Abstract

This capstone shows how the school I teach at uses the Everyday Mathematics curriculum in their 6th year of the program. Teachers were surveyed and given open response questions on how they used different components of the curriculum, their feelings toward the spiral pacing of Everyday Mathematics, how effectively Everyday Mathematics reaches the top and bottom 20% of learners, and how supportive the district is of the curriculum. These findings show how each teacher enacts their own math curriculum and how this affects student understanding. The formation of an enacted curriculum is difficult to avoid based on the unique differences each student brings to the classroom. Teachers will teach based on the needs of their children. This does not need to be done in isolation and discussion above and below one's grade level needs to take place to avoid enacting a curriculum which is unique just to one's classroom.

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