Master of Science
Department or Program
Department or Program Chair
Elizabeth Truesdell PhD
Madalienne F. Peters, EdD
Elizabeth Truesdell, PhD
Differentiated instruction is student-aware teaching, in which the students not only develop content mastery, but also take ownership of their learning. This study examined the results differentiated instruction in mathematics had on advanced learners perceived competence, persistence, and intrinsic motivation. Differentiation was implemented in a classroom through various activities that challenged student thinking. Students enrolled in a first grade class in an all girl school setting served as study participants. Data were collected on a total of 21 students in the class, but analysis focused on a subgroup. Results indicated that the participants’ interest and engagement in math varied student to student after receiving 3 months of differentiated instruction. All 6 participants showed an increase in math ability.
Keywords: differentiated instruction, advanced learners, motivation
Cawley, Patricia, "Differentiated Instruction for 1st Grade Advanced Learners in Mathematics" (2017). Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects. 284.