Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Masters Plan B

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Science & Mathematics Teaching Center

Advisor

Dr. Lynne Ipiña, Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Ana Houseal

Third Advisor

Prof. Kendall Jacobs

Abstract

This action research adds to the current body of research regarding the effects of integrating mathematics and science to improve achievement and confidence in at-risk students. Students in a high school general science class explored the relationship between motion and the slope of a line made by a distance - time graph. The intent was to provide them with a real world example of a concept they struggle with in mathematics class, slope. Quantitative data from pre-assessments and post-assessments was collected and found to show improved achievement in both areas by all students. Qualitative data from student reflections implied improved confidence in the ability to calculate slope among most students. The research takes into consideration current research on at-risk students, their identification and their learning needs. It also discusses how the current national standards in mathematics and science provide for and encourage integration of the two topics.

Comments

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Science in Natural Science/Mathematics in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming.

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