Mathematics and Literature
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of literature use in the middle grades mathematics curriculum on student motivation and connections. This study involved collecting several types of data regarding students' attitudes, motivation, and their abilities to make real-world connections. Findings from pre and post attitude surveys indicated that literature use in the mathematics curriculum has no effect on students' attitudes towards mathematics. Furthermore, findings from journal entries, students' work, and interview responses indicate that although students find storybooks fun and interesting, their use does not seem to lead to increases in students' understanding of mathematics. However, findings from journal entries, students' work and interview responses indicated that students were better able to make real-world connections through storybooks that were meaningful to their lives. Suggestions for future research should include comparative studies on the effects of literature on student performance in middle grades mathematics.
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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Principles
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Washington, Arnita, "The Effects Of Literature On Student Motivation And Connections In Mathematics" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 415.
Restricted to the UCF community until May 2005; it will then be open access.