Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Catherine Miller


Teaching methods in various academic disciplines are all connected. Whether one looks at various content areas, grade levels, or ability levels, teaching methods all share important similarities, as well as sharp contrasts. The meta-analysis and case study address the comparisons between teaching mathematics and Spanish at the secondary education level. In the study, a review of literature is conducted and case studies are analyzed in order to see the role of written and oral communication in mathematics and Spanish education. Throughout the study, written and oral communication, through teacher-student and student-student communication methods, show a strong overlap and supporting role of one another. Throughout the study, various instructional strategies and implications as related to written and oral communication are discussed. In conclusion, the study shows that when used effectively with students, when varied and transitioned with other instructional strategies, and when supplemented by appropriate questioning techniques, written and oral communication promote critical thinking, problem solving, explanation, and creativity in both the foreign language and mathematics classroom . . The study explores in more detail how both disciplines benefit from these two areas of communication.

Year of Submission



Department of Mathematics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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