Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effect of inquiry-based, hands-on math instruction utilized in combination with web-based, computer-assisted math instruction on 4th-grade students' outcomes
by Plourde, Jason D., Ed.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2008, 213; 3324659
Abstract (Summary)

Results indicated that 4th-grade students (n = 19) participating in the inquiry-based, hands-on math instruction used in combination with web-based, computer-assisted math instruction group and 4th-grade students ( n = 19) participating in the inquiry-based, hands-on math instruction alone group did not significantly improve their pretest-posttest Problem Solving/Data Analysis, Concepts/Estimation, Math Total, and Math Computation norm-referenced normal curve equivalent achievement test score results. However, 4th-grade students participating in the inquiry-based, hands-on math instruction alone group posttest-posttest scores were statistically significantly greater than students who participated in the combination instruction group across all four subtests. Moreover, all posttest norm-referenced, Normal Curve Equivalent subtest scores for both groups were measured within the average range. On the criterion-referenced math test score posttest-posttest comparison, 53% of the 4th-grade students participating in the inquiry-based, hands-on math instruction used in combination with web-based, computer-assisted math instruction group compared to 37% of the 4th-grade students participating in the inquiry-based, hands-on math instruction alone group improved their posttest score results. Finally, no statistically significant differences between the two instructional groups were found for student absences, tardies, discipline referrals, and perceptions of math ability scores. Implications for improving math instruction are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hill, John W.
Commitee:
School: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Department: Educational Administration and Supervision
School Location: United States -- Nebraska
Source: DAI-A 69/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mathematics education, School administration, Educational technology
Keywords: 4th-grade students, Computer-assisted instruction, Computer-assisted math instruction, Fourth-grade, Hands-on instruction, Hands-on math instruction, Inquiry-based math instruction, Inquiry-based mathematics, Web-based, Web-based math instruction
Publication Number: 3324659
ISBN: 978-0-549-76332-1
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