Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Degree

Master of Science in Education in Secondary Education in Mathematics

Department

Mathematics

Committee Chair

Kurt Killion

Keywords

GeoGebra, mathematics’ software, mathematical tool, MP5, Common Core, Algebra II

Subject Categories

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

The purpose of this action research study was to identify the successes and challenges a teacher experienced when GeoGebra was incorporated into an Algebra II unit of study with the goal of integrating the fifth mathematical practice of the Common Core State Standards, use appropriate tools strategically. Data were collected from 20 student participants and the teacher-researcher via the following methods: teacher-researcher self-observations, peer educator observations, student interviews, and video-recordings. Instruments in the form of an observational protocol, utilized by observers, and an interview protocol, utilized by the interviewer, were employed. The data analysis indicated two successes: the teacher-researcher’s instruction targeted a deeper level of mathematical understanding by students and a moderately high level of student interest. The data analysis also indicated three challenges: a) challenges with technology, specifically, computer access, internet speed, internet access, and a GeoGebra problem; b) challenges with students, specifically, students being unprepared for class, the time required for students to prepare for a lesson, and the need to monitor student computer usage; and c) challenges with teachers, specifically, with other Algebra II teachers and with the teacher-researcher.

Copyright

© David Scott Matthews II

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