Problem Solving, Writing, Attitudes, Performance
This study summarizes research conducted in a second grade classroom at a rural elementary school in the fall of 2004. This study investigated the practice of using writing activities in mathematics to improve student attitudes and performance in problem solving. The classroom teacher supplemented traditional mathematics instruction with daily problem solving activities and affective journal writing. Students were asked to complete daily problem solving prompts and write about their problem-solving solutions. Attitude data was collected using a pre and post attitude survey as well as affective journal writing assignments. Performance data was collected using a performance based problem-solving rubric. Results of this study showed change in students' attitudes towards problem solving in the areas of willingness to participate and perseverance in completing problem solving tasks. Student performance gains were recorded and analyzed throughout the six-week study period. Thirteen out of the 17 students who participated in this study showed performance growth in problem solving.
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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Principles
K-8 Mathematics and Science Education
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Quinones, Christine, "The Effects Of Journal Writing On Student Attitudes And Performance In Problem Solving" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 377.