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EFFECTS OF INTEGRATING WRITING ACTIVITIES ON STUDENTS' ATTITUDES AND ACHIEVEMENT IN PROBLEM SOLVING: AN ACTION RESEARCH STUDY

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2005
Abstract/Description:
This action research study investigated my practice of using writing activities in the mathematics classroom. The study was conducted to determine the effect of integrating writing with mathematics on students' achievement in, and attitudes towards problem solving, and the relationship between students' attitudes and their achievement in problem solving. The study was conducted over a six-week period. Students participated in daily problem solving activities. Data were collected using a problem solving themed writing rubric for evaluating student journal responses, anecdotal records, and using a pre- and posttest problem solving attitude inventory. In this study, students demonstrated overall increased mathematical knowledge, strategic knowledge, and abilities to explain their procedures. In addition, all three data-collection instruments demonstrated students' positive attitudes toward problem solving. Moreover, evaluation of the data sources illustrated a relationship between students' performance and attitudes. The study suggested that writing about mathematics is beneficial to students' achievement and attitudes toward problem solving.
Title: EFFECTS OF INTEGRATING WRITING ACTIVITIES ON STUDENTS' ATTITUDES AND ACHIEVEMENT IN PROBLEM SOLVING: AN ACTION RESEARCH STUDY.
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Name(s): Culbert, Kelly, Author
Ortiz, Enrique, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This action research study investigated my practice of using writing activities in the mathematics classroom. The study was conducted to determine the effect of integrating writing with mathematics on students' achievement in, and attitudes towards problem solving, and the relationship between students' attitudes and their achievement in problem solving. The study was conducted over a six-week period. Students participated in daily problem solving activities. Data were collected using a problem solving themed writing rubric for evaluating student journal responses, anecdotal records, and using a pre- and posttest problem solving attitude inventory. In this study, students demonstrated overall increased mathematical knowledge, strategic knowledge, and abilities to explain their procedures. In addition, all three data-collection instruments demonstrated students' positive attitudes toward problem solving. Moreover, evaluation of the data sources illustrated a relationship between students' performance and attitudes. The study suggested that writing about mathematics is beneficial to students' achievement and attitudes toward problem solving.
Identifier: CFE0000435 (IID), ucf:46392 (fedora)
Note(s): 2005-05-01
M.A.
Education, Department of Teaching and Learning Principles
Masters
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Subject(s): Problem solving
writing activities
attitudes
achievement
action research
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0000435
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Host Institution: UCF

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