Blogging in the Math Classroom: With the Daily Use of Blogs Improve Students' Ability to Reason Mathematically?
Master of Education (MEd)
Common Core, Blogs, Mathematics, Algebra 2, Reasoning, Assessment, Technology, Problem solving, Writing.
Roger Pence, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor
This study was conducted to see the effects of blogs in the math classroom. Would the use of blogs improve procedural math or simply math reasoning? Are there other implications to the use of blogs? A convenience sample of approximately 72 students was drawn from the researcher's teaching load. The sample was further divided into two classes of high school level Algebra 2. One class used blogging for 30 days and one class did not; thus serving as a control group. Each week an assessment consisting of 8 skill related math problems and 2 word problems were given to the students. It was found that blogs do have a positive effect on both procedural math and reasoning math. The experimental group, showed an increase of 56 % in test scores while reasoning was shown to increase on average from 2 out of 4 to 3 out of 4. The control group also showed an increase in procedural math but at a much lower level (20%). Their reasoning scores increased by the same amount. For further research, a new study should be done of a longer duration, possibly an entire semester.
Eick, R. W. (2013). Blogging in the Math Classroom: With the Daily Use of Blogs Improve Students' Ability to Reason Mathematically?. Retrieved from https://touroscholar.touro.edu/tucgsoe/15