Investigating the Effectiveness of a Math Practice Paper in Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
Muchiri, David Kibe
Mawira, Phineas Zaberio
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Mathematics is the backbone of modern science, majorly used to solve world problems. Mathematical proficiency is thus very crucial. A math practice paper (MPP) can become a powerful tool for polishing student’s mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. This paper explores the usefulness of a math practice paper in the teaching and learning of mathematics. It also examines effectiveness of various differentiated strategies of implementing the use of a math practice paper in a diverse classroom. A class of 30 high school students was involved in this study. Students were introduced to math practice papers using various strategies during a term of 14 weeks. Classroom tests and questionnaires were used as instruments for data collection. Results were analyzed and compared. A math practice paper done individually, and then discussed in mixed-ability groups under the teacher intervention was observed to contribute significantly to student achievement. Constant use of MPPs resulted to a positive math trajectory.