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Mathematics--Study and teaching (Middle school); Group work in education;


Is small group math instruction a beneficial practice in a regular seventh grade classroom? Two teachers and approximately 500 students were involved in a study to address that question. The study occurred from the fall of 2002 through the fall of 2004 at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo, Iowa. Before small group math instruction was implemented, students averaged approximately 61 % on chapter tests, while after its implementation students were scoring an average of 76%. Procedures included both pre and post test data analysis.

Small groups were created based on student achievement. There were three main groups: low, middle, and high. A small group rotation schedule was created as well to assist teachers in planning activities for other groups that were not meeting with the teacher on a scheduled day. The assignments were differentiated to meet the needs of all students. Chapter test results indicated that small group math instruction does have its place in the regular math classroom.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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John E. Henning


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