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dc.contributor.author Bundy, Janine P. en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-19T00:54:31Z en
dc.date.available 2010-11-19T00:54:31Z en
dc.date.issued 2010-08 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10139/2970 en
dc.description.abstract Algebra students have a difficult time learning abstract concepts such as exponents and logarithms. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the success of teaching exponential and logarithmic concepts to algebra students using specially designed poems compared to the traditional textbook methods. Thirty-six Intermediate Algebra students participated in this study. The study was conducted at California Lutheran University Spring Semester, 2010. Three topics were presented in this study: exponential functions, introduction to logarithms, and exponential and logarithmic equations. Two methods were used in presenting the material of the study: the traditional method as written in most college intermediate algebra textbooks and a special method employing poems. Using the special method technique the students’ exponential and logarithmic conceptual knowledge improved. This thesis shows evidence of increased student understanding of exponential and logarithmic concepts worthy of further investigation. The results suggest that less emphasis on drill and manipulation and increased focus on the meaning of abstract concepts, in this case via poems, might increase student performance. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights All rights reserved to author and California State University Channel Islands en
dc.subject Mathematics thesis en
dc.subject Teaching logarithms exponents en
dc.subject Algebra pedagogy en
dc.subject Poems en
dc.subject Mathematics en
dc.title Using Poems to Teach Exponential and Logarithmic Functions en
dc.type Thesis en

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