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An Action Research Project

Problem:  Math Scores on Timed Tests have Dropped

Procedures
1.  Find a classmate to work with.  Time each other as you solve a puzzle or maze.  Take turns until you have each completed the puzzle or maze five times.  (Don't watch each other's solutions!)  Time other people solving your puzzle or maze five times.  Organize all the trials and times in a table.  Summarize your results.  What effect does repetition have on solving time?  How would more repetitions affect the time?
Mary            Peter
 5.26 6.54 4.35 5.88 4.1 4.88 3.88 3.58 3 2.89
Repetition make the times better.  The times should get better with more repetitions.

2.  Find a group of at least 3 students to work with.  Make a list of a dozen words.  Give each member  ten seconds to study the list.   Then have them write down items they can recall.  Record the number of correct items.  Give each member an additional ten seconds to study the list again.  Have them write down items and record the results.  Repeat this two more times and describe any correlation you see in the data from the first experiment.

John                Lisa            Rosa
 5 6 4 6 8 6 8 10 9 9 12 11
The times got better just like with the puzzle

3.  Create scatter plots of the data you collected for the two
activities.  Describe any correlations suggested by the scatter plots.  Does a line seem to fit your data?  What would happen to a line of best fit after several more trials?

Any plot that shows a positive correlation is good here.   A line would fit and the trials would come closer and close to the line

4.
Present your project in a visual display.  For each experiment you have conducted, you should show a table of data, a scatter plot of the data including a line of best fit, and a paragraph analyzing what happened.  Your presentation should discuss any correlations and lines of best fit you have found and any conclusions you have drawn.

5.  Evaluate the current homework load in your math class.  Do you think you get enough practice problems?  Should there be an increase or decrease in the number of practice problems you do?  Why?  How will these changes effect test scores?

Based on the research, scores should improve with more practice.  More homework problems should be assigned.

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