Math Musicians: Exploring the Impact of Content Integrated Pop Music on Students’ Attitudes and Engagement During Math Instruction
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Education 530 Project
Master of Science
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Traditional methods of math instruction have been consistently linked to students having negative feelings about math, as well as decreased motivation and engagement during math instruction. This study investigated how arts integration, specifically integrating pop music, impacted students’ attitudes about math and students’ motivation and engagement during math instruction in a fifth-grade classroom. This study was mixed methods, with quantitative data collected through an adapted version of a student dispositions survey to assess students’ attitudes, motivation, and engagement, and qualitative data collected through a short response question about how students feel music impacted their math experiences. Results indicated that the integration of pop music had a significant impact on students’ attitudes about math. Students also noted how pop music integration made math more enjoyable and helped them memorize the information better.
Hook, Megan, "Math Musicians: Exploring the Impact of Content Integrated Pop Music on Students’ Attitudes and Engagement During Math Instruction" (2022). Student Research Submissions. 448.