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Using Programming to Strengthen Mathematics Learning in 9th Grade Algebra ClassesAlgebra I is a gateway course for high school and college STEM. Ninth graders who developmastery of Algebra I learning outcomes are well prepared to comprehend and succeed in thequantitative STEM courses such as physics. Those who do not are likely to encounter difficultyin subsequent STEM coursework.\The XYZ (name obscured for anonymity) project has developed a sequence of programmingbased learning modules (LMs) intended to complement traditional instruction within traditional9th grade Algebra I classrooms. During the summer of 2012, a dozen ninth grade mathematicsteachers from urban high schools attended a three day professional development program(PDP) that prepared them to integrate the XYM LMs within their classes. Assessment includesexamination of teacher implementations of the lessons and of the lessons’ impact upon studentlearning. This paper will qualitatively report on the effectiveness of the PDP in preparingteachers to effectively implement the lessons and quantitatively report on the LM’s impact uponstudent learning of core Algebra I concepts.
Freudenthal, E. A., & Lim, K. H., & Kranz, S., & Tabor, C., & Ramirez, J. L. (2013, June), Using Programming to Strengthen Mathematics Learning in 9th Grade Algebra Classes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22717
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