Date of Award/Publication

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Abstract

This research project examined the motivation and performance of fifth grade urban students using the lesson study model of action research. A literature review discusses the relationships found between motivation and achievement, motivation and mathematics, motivation and technology, as well as learning in mathematics and mathematics achievement. Interactive web-based activities were observed for student engagement and motivation; alterations to the lessons were made according to that documentation. Mathematics performance was measured using standardized and teacher created tests scores. The use of interactive computer games in mathematics lessons was found to have a positive impact on student engagement, motivation and achievement in the content areas examined given that student performance on the post-tests increased.

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