Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects
Date of Award
Dr. Jeffrey P. Smith
First Committee Member
David J. Stucki
Second Committee Member
Dr. Karen F. Steigman
history of mathematics, secondary education, high school mathematics, mathematics education
Algebra | Other Mathematics | Science and Mathematics Education | Secondary Education
This research will study the effect teaching the history of mathematics in a high school classroom has on student understanding. To accomplish this, lessons both including and excluding historical background on different topics were taught in an Honors Algebra 2 class in the high school setting. This research aims to engage student learning and investigation of topics that normally do not draw a lot of student focus and spark a new or revived interest in mathematics for students by broadening lessons to include material of which students would not otherwise be exposed. The lessons themselves aim to engage other current and future educators to incorporate more historical and background information in their own lessons. The lessons allow students to think and learn as those who created and discovered the content being taught. In doing this, students will gain a deeper understanding of the material and a better ability to complete problems and the like in the lessons including historical topics.
Campbell, Anne, "Does Teaching the History of Mathematics in High School Aid in Student Understanding?" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects. 86.