Ginelle O’Connor



Action Research Questions

Changes made based on feedback from Dr. Foster 09/20/09



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  1. 1. Ginelle O’Connor 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 mathematics? 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 classroom setting? 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 teachers’ methods. 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 intensive.
  2. 2. 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.

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