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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Teaching and Learning (Education)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Walter Secada - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Batya Elbaum - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Okhee Lee - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Randall Penfield - Committee Member
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a hands-on science curriculum, which integrates mathematics and supports the development of English language skills, on third grade students' mathematics achievement - specifically the measurement subscale of the statewide assessment. The data draws from a larger 5-year research project consisting of reform-based science curriculum units and teacher workshops designed to promote effective instruction of science while integrating mathematics and supporting English language development. The third grade curriculum places a strong emphasis on developing measurement skills in the context of scientific investigations. Third grade students' performance on the measurement subscale of the statewide mathematics assessment at experimental and comparison schools were examined using a hierarchical linear model (HLM). Students participating in the treatment performed significantly higher than students at comparison schools. The results of this study provide evidence that an integrated approach to math and science instruction can benefit diverse populations of students.
Equity; English Language Learners; Diversity; Urban Education
Adamson, Karen H., "The Impact of an Integrated Math and Science Curriculum on Third Grade Students' Measurement Achievement" (2008). Open Access Dissertations. 185.