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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Peggy Taylor.en
dc.contributor.authorHovland, Laura Katharineen
dc.description.abstractStudents learn in various ways; therefore, differentiating instruction is crucial in order to provide pupils with a meaningful education, and one that enhances their motivation towards learning. This project compares a traditional instruction approach (teaching to the average student academic level), to a differentiated instruction approach (teaching tiered lessons according to ability levels), in order to identify which method of instruction helps students master and retain core fourth [-] grade mathematics concepts most effectively, as well as distinguish how student/teacher attitudes and motivation levels are affected by differentiated instruction. My district, Bozeman Public School District #7, mathematics curriculum standards were used as a foundation for this project, and lessons were differentiated using various math manipulatives, higher-level thinking activities, problem solving skills, and enrichment/remedial materials to accommodate the different performance levels. Student surveys, pre and postunit assessments, daily journaling, and delayed assessments were a few of the numerous tools used to evaluate the effectiveness of differentiating instruction, and the impact on understanding concepts. Although, the retention of concepts long-term was not much higher, the results concluded that postunit assessment scores improved after differentiated instruction was implemented, and an increased morale existed in both students and the teacher.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, Graduate Schoolen
dc.subject.lcshScience--Study and teachingen
dc.subject.lcshMathematics--Study and teachingen
dc.titleDifferentiated instruciton in mathematicsen
dc.title.alternativeDifferentiated instruction in mathematicsen
dc.typeProfessional Paperen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2012 by Laura Katharine Hovlanden
thesis.catalog.ckey1954919en, Graduate Committee: Jewel J. Reuter; Stephanie McGinnisen of Science in Science Education.en Paperen
mus.relation.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en_US

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