Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership


This quasi-experimental study evaluated the impact of four, student centered approaches on learning outcomes for high school math students, to determine if algebraic understanding improved in an active learning environment. Specifically, this study investigated high school algebra students’ use of learning stations, hands on manipulatives, small group collaboration and mathematical games, to deepen their conceptual understanding of linear equations. Surveys revealed students prefered to work independently while being led by the teacher, yet this approach yielded the least amount of improvement. Pre- and post-tests showed students from the experimental groups out-performed peers in the control group on achievement of standards during each cycle of the experiment, with small group collaboration being the student centered approach yielding the highest mean. In conclusion, research findings reveal students need to become active participants in their learning in order to enrich their learning experience and enhance conceptual understanding in mathematics.


Affiliation: Central Aroostook High School

Cohort: Aroostook Cohort



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