• The effects of Mystery Motivators on Homework Completion and Accuracy of a 10th grade Mathematics class.

      Robin, Heather L. (2014)
      Homework is a teaching strategy used in mathematics to promote student mastery of new material through practice. Unfortunately, many students fail to complete homework regularly, accurately, or independently. This study examined the effects of an intervention package consisting sting of dependent and independent group contingencies and mystery motivators on a 10th grade class' homework completion and accuracy rates. Using an A-B-A-B research design, the investigator found that the intervention package produced immediate and noticeable increases in all students’ homework performance. These experimental effects were documented across subsequent experimental phases and anecdotal evidence suggested that the teacher and pupils found the intervention to be fun and helpful in completing math homework. These findings are highly consistent with previous results from the group contingency and mystery motivator literatures. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
    • Name that function!

      Terranova, Michelle (2013-01-24)
      This study explores the ability of students to produce the algebraic representation of a function given in various other representations. It is hypothesized that when tested on function recognition, mathematics majors will perform better than non-mathematics majors; however, both will perform poorly, that is below 75%. Students in four classes, two lower-level mathematics courses composed of non-mathematics majors and two upper-level mathematics courses composed of only mathematics majors, were given an eight-problem test that asked them to determine the algebraic representation of functions shown pictorially, in tables, in sequences, and graphically. This study provided evidence that mathematics majors outscored non-mathematics majors as the mean scores were 2.93/8 and 0.49/8, respectively.