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McCulloch, Allison W.; Kenney, Rachael H.; Keene, Karen Allen – School Science and Mathematics, 2013

This paper reports on a mixed-methods study of 111 Advanced Placement calculus students' self-reports of their graphing calculator use, comfort, and rationale for trusting a solution produced with or without a graphing calculator when checking written work. It was found that there was no association between gender, teacher-reported mathematical…

Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Mathematics Instruction, Graphing Calculators, Student Attitudes

Judson, Eugene – School Science and Mathematics, 2013

It has long been noted in research literature that there does not exist a shared definition of integration of science and mathematics. Classifying a particular set of integration practices by one of many labels has limited value. Moving past the definition debate, this study describes the development and testing of the Mathematics Integrated into…

Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Mathematics

Ross, John A.; Scott, Garth; Bruce, Catherine D. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012

Recent research demonstrates that in many countries gender differences in mathematics achievement have virtually disappeared. Expectancy-value theory and social cognition theory both predict that if gender differences in achievement have declined there should be a similar decline in gender differences in self-beliefs. Extant literature is…

Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Failure, Mathematics Achievement, Social Cognition

Ross, Dan; Reys, Robert; Chavez, Oscar; McNaught, Melissa D.; Grouws, Douglas A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2011

A central goal of secondary mathematics is for students to learn to use powerful algebraic strategies appropriately. Research has demonstrated student difficulties in the transition to using such strategies. We examined strategies used by several thousand 8th-, 9th-, and 10th-grade students in five different school systems over three consecutive…

Descriptors: Algebra, Problem Sets, Problem Solving, Mathematical Applications

Schinck, Amelie G.; Neale, Henry W., Jr.; Pugalee, David K.; Cifarelli, Victor V. – School Science and Mathematics, 2008

This paper reports on an exploratory study of the mathematical beliefs of a group of ninth and tenth grade students at a large, college preparatory, private school in the Southeastern United States. These beliefs were revealed using contemporary metaphor theory. A thematic analysis of the students' metaphors for mathematics indicated that students…

Descriptors: Private Schools, Figurative Language, Grade 10, Student Attitudes

Painter, Jason; Tretter, Thomas R.; Jones, M. Gail; Kubasko, Dennis – School Science and Mathematics, 2006

Although there have been numerous scientists-in-the-classroom initiatives in recent years, there is little research that documents whether or not these initiatives make an impact on students. This study examined 27 seventh-grade and 27 tenth-grade students' perceptions of scientists before and after a weeklong educational experience on…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientists, Educational Experience, Student Attitudes

Watson, Jane M.; Moritz, Jonathan B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2003

Comprehension of chance language, such as is found in newspapers, is a fundamental aspect of statistical literacy. In this study, students' understandings of chance language were explored through responses to two items in surveys administered to 2,726 students from grades 5 to 11. One item involved evaluating the chance expressed in phrases from…

Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Mathematics Instruction, Literacy