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Improving mathematics outcomes with personalized learning: A pilot for secondary students
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, , , , Utah State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Personalized learning software is designed to meet the differing needs of learners, allowing them to gain competency at their own pace. Research is needed to understand the effectiveness of the many products being developed and made available to schools. We assessed six mathematics technology products in a pilot with 8,000 secondary students, and analyzed data for two products already in use in the state by close to 18,000 students to determine effects on student’s interest, engagement and understanding in mathematics. Preliminary findings indicate that these products show promise for improving mathematics understanding for secondary students. While student’s perception of the difficulty of mathematics decreased, their perception of its value and their own mathematical ability was also diminished. We conclude that students need opportunities to engage in applied mathematics activities that highlight the value of mathematics and their abilities in mathematics.

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Jeong, S., Ames, C., Brasiel, S. & Martin, T. (2015). Improving mathematics outcomes with personalized learning: A pilot for secondary students. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2676-2684). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 18, 2019 from .

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