Improving Mathematics Achievement...Difficult but Possible

by Crystal Davis
Faculty advisor: Dr. Stan Bochtler

In mathematics, the U.S.A is far inferior to many other developed countries. There are infinite excuses for this but none are truly valid. Bottom-line, many learners are not interested and do not see the impact of mathematics on their lives. Therefore, they do not put the time or effort into excelling.

Many learners of all levels of intellectual aptitude dread thinking about math. For many, mathematics is excruciatingly difficult and confusing, so learners shut down and refuse to try; this presents a problem to mathematics educators. They must find a way to entice such a vast array of unique learners to become motivated to learn the subject.

To do this, fundamental questions must be addressed. How are learners motivated? How can educators apply these motivators in the classroom? How can educators make math more interesting while still being informative?

This project looked into the research that has been done in an attempt to raise test scores and improve the abilities of learners. This presentation will be focused mainly on what educators can do in the classroom to improve achievement. While this presentation is mainly focused on mathematics, similar ideas may easily be used in other disciplines as well.