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Vedic mathematics in the adult basic education fundamental math classroom
Barbara Durban-Wilson (author)Peter MacMillian (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Education (MEd)
Number of pages in document: 75
For adult students, succeeding at fundamental math is a cornerstone to expanding their educational and occupational options. The rates at which students are able to progress through fundamental math vary, and for some achieving a basic understanding of math is challenging. Students who exhibit persistent difficulties with understanding the first level of fundamental math (CNC Math 015) skills were the focus of this project. Vedic math was chosen as the instructional method for a ten week project with students who are enrolled in fundamental Math 015. It was hypothesized that a different approach to teaching and learning math may result in an improvement in student success and in students' perceptions about learning math. After the ten week period, 40% of the Vedic math class completed Math 015 compared to approximately 8% for all Math 015 completions for the years 2007-2011. Chi-squared analysis indicated this result was statistically significant. I was also interested in the student's and instructor's experiences with learning and teaching math in a very different way. Students reported their learning experiences to be very favourable and the instructor reported the teaching experience to be very worthwhile. Students experienced more academic success and increased confidence and enjoyment while learning math skills. Overall, results suggest Vedic math is an approach worthy of further exploration. --P. ii.
Elementary education of adults.Mathematics -- Study and teaching