Date of Award

Spring 6-28-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Carol Wade

Abstract

As a response to both the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a recent approval of a change by the New York State Board of Regents to allow multiple pathways for graduation, this curriculum project, which will be referred to as a unit plan throughout the paper, was designed to meet the need for more units of study that apply mathematical modeling in algebra to real world situations that allow students to explore applications of mathematics in careers. The unit plan on rearranging algebraic equations using electrical circuit applications is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for mathematics (NYSCCLSM) and addresses mathematical modeling, mathematical practice standard 4. This unit plan, which may provide a method by which algebra and career & technical education (CTE) teachers can continue to work toward the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) goal of preparing students for both college and career success, was validated by presenting a single lesson to a small group of students as a pilot study. Responses from the post-lesson student survey indicate that there was a positive change in their average attitude toward rearranging equations with more than one variable. More investigation is required to refine the lessons and prove that this entire unit plan is useful in a larger setting and to a wider student audience.

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