Summer 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

James Brickwedde, Ph. D.

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Dawn Liimatainen

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Anna Sahli


The research question addressed in this project was, what effect do different strategies have on middle and high school student comprehension and success in solving math word problems? It details one teacher’s creation of a unit that focuses on three specific word problem solving strategies for high school students. The unit implements the problem solving process, schemabroadening problem solving, and using diagrams, based on various scholars’ research into each strategy. The author details the goals of the unit and uses related research literature to validate the study. She reflects on possible struggles while implementing the unit and the possibilities the research could provide to the classroom.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development

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