Date of Award

Spring 6-5-2017

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Jeff Keuss

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Steve Johnson

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Robbin O'Leary


Numeracy, PISA, Project-based learning, Secondary math education


In light of both high American failure rates in algebra courses and the significant proportion of innumerate American students, this thesis examines a variety of effective educational methods in mathematics. Constructivism, discovery learning, traditional instruction, and the Japanese primary education system are all analyzed to incorporate effective education techniques. Based on the meta-analysis of each of these methods, a hybrid method has been constructed to adapt in the American Common Core algebra classroom.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program

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