Capstone/Dissertation Title

Communicating thinking with multiple representations in a math classroom

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how can a secondary math teacher promote improved communication of ideas and foster multiple representations of thinking in an Algebra class? This capstone details specific classroom instructional practices for developing communication and multiple representations, and their effectiveness in the classroom. This qualitative study documents use of Algebra tiles and written expression as examples of different representations of thinking in secondary Algebra. The author documents the details of a ten-day unit and uses related research literature to validate the study. He concludes that students who have an understanding of a larger range of representations tend to perform at a higher proficiency rate in math and increase their self-confidence.

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