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Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)
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Dissertation (open access)
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
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Middle-grade students who fail math have at least a three-in-four chance of dropping out of high school (Neild & Balfanz, 2006). Furthermore, these students, especially female students, at risk of failure in mathematics and consequent dropout, may not be well served by traditional teaching methods because of their inequitable instructional practices (Lerner & Sadker, 1999). This case study of eight seventh-grade students from a rural school in Georgia sought to gain insight into whether PBL (problem-based learning) was perceived to be an effective teaching method for “at-risk” middle-school mathematics students and female students in particular. The goals of the study were to investigate and identify the thematic perceptions of “at-risk” seventh-grade students after their experience with PBL and determine gender influences on their perceptions. The results of the study revealed that PBL effectively met the perceived learning and motivational needs of the “at-risk” students and provided an equitable method of teaching for both the female and male students but for different reasons. Educational recommendations are provided to enhance further the implementation of PBL for “at-risk” mathematics students, especially female students.
Bowers, D. A. (2016). “At-Risk” Rural Middle-School Students’ Perceptions of Problem-Based Learning in Mathematics (Doctoral dissertation).
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