Author(s)

Laura Flynn

Date Approved

5-11-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay

Subject(s)

Arithmetic--Study and teaching;Computer-assisted instruction;Mnemonics

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact mnemonic strategy instruction and computer assisted instruction had on helping students gain multiplication fact fluency. Thirteen, third grade students were provided with either mnemonic strategy instruction or computer assisted practice for six weeks to see which instructional approach assisted the children with fluency gains with multiplication facts. The two groups were assessed weekly with timed fact probes to evaluate progress. Baseline scores and ending scores were analyzed with a percent of change formula to reveal either an increase or decrease in fluency. The results of the comparison between the two approaches support the view that computer assisted instruction contributes more to fluency than does mnemonic strategy instruction.

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