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MS in Literacy Education



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Martha Murray


Students often struggle with math word problems for a variety of reasons. They have difficulty with vocabulary used, the amount of information given and how to decipher what to do with that information, or how to make the connections from the words to the mathematical skill. For this research, data was from the feedback of two secondary students who used three different types of graphic organizers to work with three different word problems taken from New York State Integrated Algebra Regents exams. The students were given the opportunity to create their own graphic organizer including the sections that they liked and found helpful. It was shown that graphic organizers help the students organize information, but they need to be designed to benefit the individual's needs.

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