Action Research Questions
Changes made based on feedback from Dr. Foster 09/20/09
1. What methods can be used to adapt technology for multicultural students’ use in science and
2. Are students more likely to succeed in science and math subjects if there are opportunities to use
technology such as: internet research, Powerpoint presentations, Smartboard applications, etc., in the
I will review literature regarding technology and its use for science and math applications. I have
implemented various methods to motivate middle grade students in a science setting. During
my second cycle, I would like to compare the methods I found useful to other science and math
Making a strong math/science connection during grades 6, 7 and 8 will prepare students for the
challenges they will face in high school. Hands on activities add meaning to science concepts.
Lab investigations using various technology applications become more meaningful and
Follow up and review of lab results in the student’s lab notebook is one example of how to
integrate language arts through reading and writing activities. This strengthens the student’s
ability to express their knowledge and skills.
For students to be better prepared for high school, they must become skilled in mathematics
methods and science concepts.
Ernst (2002) observed that learning mathematics empowers students to create their future
through making the most of their education. As Ernst noted, “Mathematical empowerment
concerns the gaining of power over the language, skills and practices of using and applying
mathematics”. Social empowerment through mathematics involves the ability to use
mathematics to improve one’s future and to participate in an active role in society. A personal
sense of empowerment comes with the growth of an individual’s confidence in regards to
knowledge and application of mathematics.
Ernst, P., (2002). Empowerment in mathematics education. [Electronic version] Philosophy of
Mathematics Education Journal, 15.
Gutstein, E., & Peterson, B. (Eds.). (2006). Rethinking mathematics, teaching social justice by
the numbers. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Rethinking Schools, LTD.