Capstone/Dissertation Title

Achieving Conceptual Understanding Through the Use of Technology in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom

Term

Spring 4-13-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

William Lindquist

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Alex Ford

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Patrick Hueller

Abstract

The research question asked in this project was, how can technology be effectively integrated into mathematics education to produce deeper mathematical thinking and understanding among students in a gifted and talented setting? The research explores various facets of technology used in the mathematics classroom, particularly those that involve conceptual understanding. The research also addresses gifted education, as the setting for the unit is a gifted and talented classroom. A unit was then designed, informed by the research, involving several facets of technology around the concept of conic sections. The unit used the Understanding By Design framework. The unit was intended for an advanced algebra 2 course. The implementation of the unit in the author’s classroom showed an increase in the students’ understanding, as evidenced by assessment data.

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