Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mathematics faculty member Dywayne Nicely publishes article on problem-solving and college readiness

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member Dywayne Nicely, Ph.D., recently published an article, “Problem-Solving and Reading Strategies for ACT@ Preparation” in the Ohio Journal of School Mathematics. Nicely is an assistant professor of mathematics.

Nicely’s article outlines several reading and problem-solving strategies that were implemented at a rural Ohio high school over the 2012-2013 academic school year. The intervention strategies were designed to help students better prepare for the mathematics portion of college entry exams.

In his article, Nicely explains how the strategies were incorporated into the students’ mathematics and English courses. In the article he notes, “Research implies that reading comprehension plays an important role in how well students solve mathematical word problems.”

Throughout the year, students learned to identify and organize relevant information into strategic charts to solve word problems. They also practiced word breakdowns to enhance vocabulary and comprehension.

A statistical examination of pre-measures to post-measures confirmed significant statistical improvements in the students’ abilities to solve word problems.

Nicely hopes that his article will help high school students prepare for college entry exams by providing other educators with new teaching and learning strategies.

He notes, “… In particular, the hope is that some new ideas are gained in how to merge problem-solving strategies and reading strategies in mathematics courses. We welcome all readers to adapt our methods and activities for their own classes and wish to hear how they may have been improved.”

Nicely’s ongoing research efforts support the campus’ emphasis on college preparedness and positioning area students for success in their academic endeavors.

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